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Pillows, Pillars and Promises (20 of 31)
Series: Foundations for Life
Ernest L. Easley
We're thinking today about Pillows, Pillars, and Promises. Take your Bible and turn please to Genesis 28.
Now it was last Sunday we learned about Jacob's Departure. Because Jacob had taken his brother's birthright by determination and then took his brother's blessing by deceit, his brother Esau declared: "I will kill my brother Jacob."
And being a man of courage, Jacob ran for his life! And his first night away from the security of his mother we read in verse 11 of chapter 28, "So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep."
And so here's Jacob on the run fearing for his life! I can see Jacob laying down for the night full of fear full of anxiety. He had the ground for a bed and stone for a pillow and the sky for a canopy! And ol'e Jacob thought he was all alone!
But he wasn't! And I'm talking to some people here today and you may be on the run! Just like Jacob your nights are full of fear and anxiety and you feel so alone! But just as there was a presence with Jacob there is a presence with you! Your not alone!
Now you may be like Jacob this morning, you may not realize God's presence. Jacob said, "The Lord is in this place and I did not know it." What a tragedy! For the Lord to be in this place and you not know it! How I pray that it could be said of this place as it was said of that place: "How awesome is this place. This is none other than the house of God."
So, we read here of Jacob's departure. Now after he went to sleep, Jacob began to dream. And we learned from that dream that in the OT a ladder linked Heaven to earth. But in the NT the Lord links God to man. That OT ladder is a picture of the NT Lord! There is a stairway to Heaven and that stairway is none other than the Lord Jesus ...
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