Genesis 28:10-16: The grace of God.

“10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 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. 12 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. 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: ‘I 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. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ 16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.’”

This story is not mainly about Jacob. Of course it includes him as a major character. But most of all it is about God. God did not make these great promises to Jacob because he was a virtuous man. We haven’t been given any impression that he was anything of the sort in the story so far. God made these promises because He is God; He is gracious to the undeserving; He is sovereign and He will choose whoever He will to carry out His purposes on earth. No-one can boast. Jacob certainly couldn’t. But God was going to be good to him, and good to the world through him. Thank God for all His promises. We can plant our feet on them. They are rock, not sand. They will hold us in good times and bad.

‘This is the ‘’Ladder chapter,’’ in which a wayward, weak man is seen holding fellowship with the Eternal God who loves us, notwithstanding our unworthiness, and desires to lead us into a life of power and blessedness. It is all wonderful!’ F.B.Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’,p.25.