Jn1:51 – And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
The ways of God are really quite amazing. Jacob was literally running for his life because of the deception he had spun against his brother Esau. Esau vowed to kill Jacob so Jacob took off. Forty miles later (remember Jacob was on foot) Jacob, exhausted from the journey, found a rock for a pillow and laid himself down to sleep. This was the night everything changed for Jacob. He had a dream in which the Lord appeared to him. He realized several amazing things that day. First, the God of Abraham was very real and very personal. Second, God had a plan for Jacob. Third, that if Jacob would follow the Lord; the Lord would protect him, bless him, and bring His purposes to pass in Jacob’s life. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on this passage.
“The mediation of Christ. He is this ladder, the foot on earth in his human nature, the top in heaven in his divine nature: or the former in his humiliation, the latter in his exaltation. All the intercourse between heaven and earth, since the fall, is by this ladder. Christ is the way; all God’s favors come to us, and all our services go to him, by Christ. If God dwell with us, and we with him, it is by Christ. We have no way of getting to heaven, but by this ladder; if we climb up any other way we are thieves and robbers. To this vision our Saviour alludes when he speaks of the angels of God ascending and descending upon the son of man; for the kind offices the angels do us, and the benefits we receive by their ministration, are all owing to Christ, who has reconciled things on earth and things in heaven, and made them all meet in himself.”
This dream was Jacob’s introduction to Christ. In this dream Jacob became aware of the incredible calling that was on his life. He was being called out of all his relationships that kept him from dependency on God. He was introduced into a supernatural life, “God was in this place and I didn’t even know.” Jacob was also launched into God’s purpose of redemption, “your seed will be like the dust of the earth and the stars of the sky”.
Maybe you feel like you are on the run like Jacob. God’s plans are way different than you would ever expect. Jacob went to sleep one way and woke up another way. What made the difference? He found himself at Bethel, the house of God.