Friday, October 25, 2013

Vision Dreams

We should realize that there is a force greater than ourselves being played out in our lives; we represent the prayers, dreams and visions of our ancestors, being fulfilled in us. God's covenant with Abraham was fulfilled through Isaac and Jacob. God promised that Abraham's seed would be like the stars in the sky, the dust of the earth, and all nations would be blessed because of his faithfulness.

Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, had two sons Esau and Jacob. They were twins, yet they struggled even before birth. Esau was the elder son, traditionally entitled to the blessing of the father. Jacob was the favorite of their mother Rebekah, while Esau was loved by Isaac. This unwarrantable attachment to one child in preference to another caused the interests of the family to be divided. One day, Esau, a hunter, a man of the field, came from the field feeling faint; Jacob gave him food in exchange for his birthright (Genesis 25:31). When Isaac was old and could not see, he began making preparation for his death by requested that Esau hunt for venison to make him the kind of dish he loved, so he could bless him. Rebakah heard Isaac's plan, then she called Jacob and they devised a plan to deceive Isaac. Isaac blessed Jacob instead of Esau. Jacob was living a life of deception.

When Rebekah heard that Esau was angry over losing his father’s blessing and birthright to Jacob, she became concerned for Jacob’s life and encouraged Isaac to send Jacob to her brother Laban to find a wife instead of taking a Canaanite woman. Isaac blessed him and charged him to go with the blessings of Abraham. Jacob's journey was eventful. As he tarried over night with his head on stones, he had a dream of the angels of God going back and forth on a ladder that extended from earth to heaven and the Lord stood above it. The Lord said to Jacob, "...I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed: ... (Genesis 28:13)." Jacob knew the kind of person he was - a deceiver. At that moment, he realizes that God was with him despite all he has done and God promised to be with him, to keep him, to not leave him, and to continually bless him.

Having God presence with him, Jacob vowed, If God will be with me, and keep me ..., then shall the Lord be my God:... and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee (Genesis 28: 20-22)." No matter what we have done in our past, God has made away for us to be forgiven, through his son Jesus a descendant of Abraham, and He will be with us as we live the dreams, visions and promises to those before us!

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