Genesis 28:1-4,18-22 So Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and charged him, and said to him, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. “Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and from there take to yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. “May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. “May He also give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your descendants with you, that you may possess the land of your sojournings, which God gave to Abraham”... So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top. He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear, and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the LORD will be my God. “This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”
What a volte-face for Jacob in terms of Isaac's response to him and what a dramatic change in destinies! As we continue to journey with Jacob now, we see a new man.
Isaac blesses Jacob fully with the covenant blessing that was given to Abraham, his father and himself too.
Obviously the previous blessing Isaac had given to him thinking he was Esau was not as wholesome because both he and Rebekah were concerned for how Esau chose to live his life, forgoing his birthright, marrying Canaanites and living a carnal and sinful life.
The condition to the blessing however was the new life Jacob had to pursue by going away to Rebekah's brother's home in Paddan-aram and finding his own bride. That's a contrast from what occurred in Isaac's betrothal where Abraham's trusted servant brought Rebekah from Laban's home to Beersheba.
How could Jacob make a conditional covenant with God based on God's provision to him?
While it might seem conditional, the covenant Jacob made was the result of the dream he just had. During his rest while he lay down with his head on a stone, he saw a vision of a ladder set on earth with its top reaching heaven and angels were ascending and descending on it.
It was the revelation of Jesus to Jacob and the prophecy that through Jacob's seed, all the people of the earth would be blessed. God also promised that He would protect him, He would bring Jacob back to his land and He would not forsake him.
Centuries later, Jesus was indeed born of the lineage of Jacob and therefore God stood by His promise to bless the people of the earth through Jacob. Also, Jacob saw God's promise of protection and provision even though he was so unworthy and that brought him on his knees.
The covenant Jacob made was one we need to make when we realize that the creator of all that we see and perceive loves us so dearly that He sacrificed His son so that we may have life eternal and abundant in Him.
Can you say in faith that God will be with you and do you see the God of mercy and unending love standing with His arms wide open waiting to receive you? As we draw close to Christmas day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, I pray that we are able to worship the person who made it all possible and through whom God has blessed the people of this world.
In His Loving Service,
John 1:51 Then Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth."
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