Jacob grew up under the tender care and preference of his mother, Rebekah. She desired that her favorite son receive the blessing of Abraham through Isaac to secure his future. However, instead of seeking the Lord first, Rebekah conspired with Jacob to trick his father into giving him the blessing instead of Esau. As a result, Esau’s heart was filled with hate and rage as he vowed to kill his brother after their father’s death.
Jacob had to leave immediately for his uncle’s home in Haran. He probably left quickly in secret and took to hiding on off beaten paths to avoid being followed. When Jacob finally fell asleep, he was most likely exhausted.
In this moment, the Lord revealed Himself to Jacob in a dream. This vision opened up heaven for Jacob to see angels ascending and descending from the throne of God. The Lord promised that Jacob’s descendants would return to the land, would multiply in population, and would bless all people on the earth. In addition, the Lord promised to be with Jacob for the rest of his life.
In response to this great vision, Jacob built a pillar and committed his life to following after God. Jacob failed in many ways, but he never turned away from God to worship or serve other gods. The Lord fulfilled His promise to Abraham through Jacob’s son, Judah, leading down the generations to the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.