Stairs To Heaven

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A pretty girl on pretty stairs, while they may not lead to heaven, and she isn’t a real angel, there are those that do, and there are angels. Imagine, laying your head on a rock as Jacob did in Genesis.

Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Genesis 28:10-13

Now, this is important to note, if you read the chapter, you know that Jacob obeyed his father, and was not going to marry a Caananite woman. It was then he had the dream and God told him how he would bless him.

Not only is obedience to an earthly father important. ( if the advice is in accordance with the Word ) but how much more it is to be in obedience to our Heavenly Father.  If He sent angels to help Jacob, He will certainly send them to our rescue.

While Jacob and Esau were twins, they had a tumultuous relationship to say the least, Esau selling his birthright and anger between them for years, Jacob would also deceive his father Isaac and then be deceived himself with a marriage to Leah, when he loved Rachel.

It is a story of how God works then and now. The law had not come and they were under grace, people did sin, and marry cousins and practice polygamy but the world had fallen and while God did not approve of or condone sin, sacrifices were offered, and God did accept them and offered forgiveness.

When the law came, there was even more sin and sacrifice. It takes obedience to Him and the belief in the grace of His beloved Son and the Spirit working in us, to really keep us in line, doesn’t it?

Jacob did name the place Bethel, house of God, El Shaddai is His name here, Luz, meaning almond tree, had been destroyed and Jacob renamed it and took the stone he had slept on. So he had an altar and made a vow to God.  I still can’t imagine sleeping on a rock, I have had nights like that though, I’m sure we all have. Now, I can sleep like a rock. In Jesus, my rock, resting on Him.

While he slept on his way to get a bride, the heavens opened and and angels were ascending and descending while God stood at the top of the the ladder, which is more likely steps or stairs, even a staircase. And we know God kept His promise and his descendants became the twelve tribes of Israel.

Jacob, may have often encountered angels, but he also wrestled the Angel of the Lord, which is likely Jesus, for a blessing, putting the hand under the thigh was just a way they made vows then, like a handshake. Why do we contend with the Lord when we have enough of the spiritual warfare, not against flesh and blood to wrestle with, I’ll never know, but people do.

And here is what Jesus said to Nathaniel after he believed he was the Messiah.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” John 1:51

I love those truly, trulys, when He doubles the promise. So believing and obedience is important because we have ministering spirits in and out of our lives, Hebrews 1:14 and the Aramaic translation of that verse, Hebrews 13:2, about entertaining angels unaware, translates were worthy to receive angels.

So God considered Jacob worthy to receive angels in what would be Beth-El, the house of God, and Jesus made a promise to Nathaniel. And, of course, there were many angelic encounters in the Word. If Jacob was worthy to receive or entertain angels in the house of God, shouldn’t we be? And even if we are not in church, but with ourselves bein His temple, we want to be worthy of angels and have stairs to heaven.

And though we may not see them, they are there, and sometimes in dreams or open visions, giving us a glimpse of heaven.


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