March 25 – Jesse Tree – The Ladder

Read Genesis 27:41-28:22

“He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” Genesis 28:12

Adam, Abraham, and Isaac. Maybe you remember Adam and the apple; Abraham and the stars, Isaac and the ram. They are all important men who are part of the family tree of Jesus. They were all men who learned to look to God for direction and help in their lives.

Next we have Jacob and the ladder. Jacob was out on his own. His parents were not around to help him or to give him instruction. At some point, that happens for all of us. The important people in your life are not always with you. You go away to school during the day. When you get older you move out of the house. During those times, you have to make your own decisions or you will have to decide if you will invite God’s help or not.

Jacob had to make that decision. Without his parents around, God gave him a vision of a ladder stretched between heaven and earth. Angels were going up and down the ladder. God was showing Jacob that He was very much at work in this world. He was pointing into the future to Jesus as the One who would make it possible for men and women, boys and girls on the earth to connect with Him in heaven. And the Lord gave Jacob the promise of great things that He had planned for this man.

This vision and message from God were important to Jacob. They caused Him to begin to look to God as the One who would guide His life…even when his parents weren’t around.

Questions and Activities:

  1. Who are the important people you look to for help and direction?
  2. How can you look to God for that kind of help?
  3. What was it that God was saying through the vision and the words?

Steve Kern

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