Meditation

07/16/2021

When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: ‘Ii am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.” (Genesis 28:11-13)

Jacob arrived at a holy sanctuary where Abraham had originally set up an altar. At such places of worship, gods were supposed to protect those present and divine revelations were received. Apparently Jacob did not recognize this as an ancient sanctuary. He saw it as the only available place to sleep. His experience proved it was a house of God (Hebrew – Beth ‘el). The dream that followed by the God of his Father Isaac. In those ancient days gods were thought to over only specific territories.

Once a pilgrim crossed a boundary, another god’s authority took over. God here revealed that He has no boundaries. He could follow Jacob even into hiding, and He would make a covenant with him despite his treachery. God surprised him by being more powerful and more available than he expected. The dream was a picture without words showing access to God was available in that holy place. The angelic messengers reinforced the idea that God wanted to communicate with Jacob. God’s speech did not interpret the dream. It reaffirmed Jacob as recipient of the promises to Abram and Isaac.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You have no boundaries. It also revealed that there is no where we can go and not find Him available to us. You are and always will be our God. You know us better than we know ourselves, and yet, You love us in spite of our times of brokenness and sinfulness, and lift us up to hold and comfort us. In return, Abba, you seek only for us to recognize You; to worship You; to seek Your forgiveness; to give praise and thanksgiving for all You do in and for us in our lives. It is for this reason, that we pray Your will is done, Abba. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

It is better to go to church with a hypocrite, than to hell with one!”

KNOWING GOD:

Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, ‘I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means.’ The king asked Daniel (also called Belshazzar, ‘Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?’ Daniel replied, ‘No wise man, enchanter , magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you lay on your bed are these. ” (Daniel 2:25-28)

Magicians and diviners cannot interpret dreams correctly. Only the true God can give the revelation necessary to interpret dreams. Dreams were perceived by ancients to be an approach divine being used to reveal themselves to humans. The king’s dream revealed God’s coming actions in history. God used a foreign king’s dream as the basis of inspired Scripture.

I AM:

During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia an help us.’ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” (Acts 16:9-10)

God visited Paul in a night vision, called him to proclaim God’s purposes across the border. Revelation includes God’s calling and directing individual missionaries to spread His gospel.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream,he withdrew to the district Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: ‘He will be called a Nazarene.’” (Matthew 2:19-23)

Once again, God communicated to Joseph in a dream and also through Angels. An angel told Joseph in his troubled sleep, warning him of the danger the proposed Chrild was in. God used dreams of angels to guide Joseph as he protected the Baby from jealous, fearful politicians. God will use any means necessary to communicate with us, and hopefully, we will listen to them and understand them, and take the appropriate actions.

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