In this passage we find Jacob traveling from Canaan to go see Laban who will become his father-in-law.  It's a long journey and night falls before he arrives so we find Jacob laying down to rest with a rock for his pillow.  Next we read about his well known dream which we often call "Jacob's Ladder."  As a child, you no doubt sang the familiar words to a song by that name:  "We are climbing Jacob's ladder..."  God stood above the ladder and speaks thus:  "I am the God of Abraham thy father and the God of Isaac.  God promises to give him the land and that his future children would be uncountable.  Then his seed would bless all the families of the earth.  The word 'Seed" is referring to the coming Jesus Christ which we read about in Galatians 3:16.  As to the angels descending and ascending upon the ladder we find an interesting statement by Jesus in John 1:51.  Could that ladder in Jacob's dream be a typical picture of Jesus?

Next we find God saying:  "I am with thee and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest.  Could it be that God would take up with a man like Jacob?  His name means deceiver and describes his flawed person.  We all are flawed due to sin.  The same could happen to you and me.  I was no angel before I came to Christ and I'd more than likely guess that neither were you. 
Now Jacob is fully awake.   His first response is: How dreadful is this place.  It is none other than the house of God.  It is called Bethel; house of God.  Later after much trouble, God orders him to Bethel.  Jacob had a lot of things yet to learn, but God is leading him in the right direction.  I pray that you and I are going in that direction too.  If we walk in His way we can avoid some of the troubles that Jacob went through. 



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