Summary: How To Turn Pillows Into Pillars :
Genesis 28:10-22 How To Turn Pillows Into Pillars : Many years ago during the war, a group of soldiers in a trench, were being shelled. “Can you tell me the way to heaven?” ‘For God so loved the world, Peace came over soldier's face as he kept gasping out “whosoever.” Notice Genesis 28:17, And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. Jacob Discovered:- 1. THE WAY OF SALVATION 10-12, “And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” Jacob took a stone that he used for a pillow, lay down and went to sleep. One man who dreamed about eating marshmallows. (Pillow gone) He Saw :- A. A Picture Of Separation 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. The dream reminds us of two places: earth and heaven. The two are separated by a great distance. in Luke 16. The rich man was in hell and Lazarus was in heaven. Abraham said to the rich man, “between us and you there is a great gulf fixed.” We do not know the distance between earth and heaven, man cannot design and build a craft that can take you there. There is no plane, rocket, or spaceship that has the ability to take you there. Man may be able to go to the moon, but they can’t travel to heaven. The separation is too great and humanly impossible for man to span. B. A Picture Of Salvation 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: John 1:49-51, “Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; No Ladder But a Stairway the top of it reached to heaven
Here’s the problem. Many are climbing The ladder of religion, The ladder of rituals, The ladder of rules, The ladder of race, and The ladder of righteousness. But there is only one problem with those ladders. All Too Short Rom.3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: The only ladder long enough to reach from earth to heaven is Jesus. C. A Picture Of Service 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. Isa 6 v 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
The Lesson Of Reverence, (face), Of Respect (feet), Of Response (Fly) D. A Picture Of Sovereignty 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. (Joseph) 2. THE WORD OF SALVATION verses 13-15 “And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, 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; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.” A. The Need Of Salvation in v.13 God said “I am the LORD God of Abraham, thy father, and the God of Isaac.” God did not say, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” God was saying, “Your grandfather Abraham had a relationship with Me, and your father Isaac had a relationship with Me. Now Jacob, you need to have a relationship with Me.” (a) His Practical Knowledge Of God did'nt Save Him (b) His Priviliged Birth did'nt Save Him Queen Victoria was once crossing the English Channel in the royal yacht, when a tiny bird followed the yacht with fluttering wings, At last it fell upon the deck at the feet of the queen—dead! There are those who are willing but they are not able to save. (c) His Personnal Cunning did'nt Save Him (outwitting Esau twice)