Jacob's Ladder Dream
Whatever uninspired writers have said in condemnation of Jacob, the
inspired writers of the Bible say nothing in special condemnation, but
much in his praise. His faith was specially commended.
Jacob was the acknowledged heir of the great Covenant God made with his
grandfather Abraham. This promise was considered so important, and faith
in it so necessary, that God subsequently confirmed it by His oath. Divine
Wisdom indicated beforehand that the blessing would not come through
Ishmael, but through Isaac.--Genesis 21:12.
St. Paul states that this Divine decision was made before either Jacob
or Esau had done anything bearing upon the choice. God simply foreordained
that the blessing should come through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and later
through Jacob's family, the children of Israel.--Romans 9:11,12.
Esau loved pleasure and sport. Jacob, his twin brother, born a moment
later, loved the Abrahamic Promise, and counted all earthly possessions as
nothing in comparison to the gaining of that prize. Both men were hungry
one day; Jacob had prepared himself a feast, but instead of giving one
half to his brother, he offered him the whole of it in exchange for his
inheritance in the Promise made to Abraham. Esau
gladly accepted, esteeming the food more precious than a promise which
seemed likely never to be fulfilled.--Genesis 25:31-34.
Jacob's mother, knowing Esau's lack of character, concluded that Jacob,
having purchased the birthright, might properly impersonate
Esau and obtain the blessing. She knew that it would mean to him loss
of home and risk of life. Fleeing from home Jacob lay down at night by the
way, and had the dream of a ladder reaching from his headstone clear up to
Heaven, with angels ascending and descending. The dream represented the
fulfilment of the Abrahamic Covenant, in which Jacob was deeply
interested, the reestablishment of peace and fellowship between Heaven and
Jacob Serving for Rachel