Advent Day 6: Jacob’s Ladder

Ornament: Ladder

2014-12-01 13.23.30

Bible Passage: Gen. 28:10-22

Short Version (for Tots):

Jacob […] had a dream: a stairway rested on the ground, with its top reaching to the heavens; and God’s angels were going up and down on it. And there was the LORD standing beside him and saying: I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you are lying I will give to you and your descendants.

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said, “Truly, the LORD is in this place and I did not know it! How awesome this place is! This is nothing else but the house of God, the gateway to heaven!” Early the next morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head, set it up as a sacred pillar, and poured oil on top of it. He named that place Bethel, whereas the former name of the town had been Luz. Jacob then made this vow: “If God will be with me and protect me on this journey I am making and give me food to eat and clothes to wear, and I come back safely to my father’s house, the LORD will be my God.

Full Version:

Jacob departed from Beer-sheba and proceeded toward Haran. When he came upon a certain place, he stopped there for the night, since the sun had already set. Taking one of the stones at the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. Then he had a dream: a stairway rested on the ground, with its top reaching to the heavens; and God’s angels were going up and down on it. And there was the LORD standing beside him and saying: I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you are lying I will give to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and through them you will spread to the west and the east, to the north and the south. In you and your descendants all the families of the earth will find blessing. I am with you and will protect you wherever you go, and bring you back to this land. I will never leave you until I have done what I promised you. When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said, “Truly, the LORD is in this place and I did not know it!”

He was afraid and said: “How awesome this place is! This is nothing else but the house of God, the gateway to heaven!” Early the next morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head, set it up as a sacred pillar, and poured oil on top of it. He named that place Bethel,* whereas the former name of the town had been Luz. Jacob then made this vow: “If God will be with me and protect me on this journey I am making and give me food to eat and clothes to wear, and I come back safely to my father’s house, the LORD will be my God.

This stone that I have set up as a sacred pillar will be the house of God. Of everything you give me, I will return a tenth part to you without fail.”

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“Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I can do this?’
‘Yes, Lord,’ they said to him. Then he touched their eyes
and said, ‘Let it be done for you according to your faith.’”

– Matthew 9:28-29

During Advent, we are eagerly anticipating Christ’s arrival. The poor people of Judea would have rejoiced in anticipation, too, if they had known Christ was coming. Not only did He suffer and die for us, but He also performed many miracles. In Matthew’s Gospel, we read about how Jesus cured a man born blind. But what is so amazing is that Jesus healed him because the blind man believed that Jesus was the Messiah and could heal him if He chose.

What amazing Faith this man had! He had suffered all his life, being poor and homeless because he was blind. But his Faith saved him! He was cured and could then go and live a better life. Many people in the world today lose their trust in God over little things. This man had nothing in the world, yet he trusted in God completely.

Let us pray…

Dear Jesus,

I believe in You, and I want to have the Faith the blind man had. Help me to trust in You always, no matter how hard life may seem.

Amen.


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