by James Merritt

"Up a Ladder Without a Tree"
By James Merritt
Genesis 28:10-22


1. Where would you rather be: Up a tree without a ladder or up a ladder without a tree? Now that question is more complicated than it sounds.

2. I heard about two old country boys that were out in the cornfield plowing, and they heard a plane go overhead. One boy looked up and said, "I sure would hate to be way up there with that plane." The other little boy said, "Yeah, but I sure would hate to be up there without it."

3. Well, I want to say to you that if you can get up Jacob's ladder without a tree, you would be right where God would want you to be. Now you may not think there is a whole lot to be said about an ordinary ladder. But Jacob saw a ladder that would set the Guinness World Book of Records for length and strength. It was so long it would reach into heaven, and it was so strong it could hold the weight of tens of thousands of angels.

4. When Jacob got a picture of this ladder, which links heaven and earth, and understood exactly what it meant for him, it became the greatest discovery of his life and it changed him forever, and it can change you too.

I. The Vision That He Had

1. "Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 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." (vv. 10-11) Jacob is in a dark place, a dry place, a desert place. He is all alone. Jacob is the prodigal son of the Old Testament. He had had to run away from home. He cheated his brother out of his birthright; defrauded his father out of a blessing; now he is on the run fearing for his life. Out in the middle of this dry dreary desert, the sun has gone down, and Jacob lays his exhausted body down hoping for a peaceful night of sleep.

2. He has the bushes for a curtain; the sky for a canopy; th ...

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