The Dream Part I & II


Part I


by Jimmy Swaggart August 2014

 

   “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 (Gen. 28:12 KJV).

 

And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac.

The “top of the ladder reaching to Heaven”
proclaims the medium of communication between Heaven and earth.
It, in fact, would, in essence, show the way from earth to Heaven. That way would be Jesus Christ.
In fact, Christ alluded to this when Nathaniel said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel(John 1:49 KJV).

Concerning this, C.H. Mackintosh said:The ladder ‘set on the earth’ naturally leads the heart to meditate on the display of God’s grace, in the person and work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. On the earth it was that the wondrous work was accomplished, which forms the basis — the strong and everlasting basis — of all the divine councils in reference to Israel, the church, and the world at large. On the earth it was that Jesus lived, laboured, and died; that through His death He might remove out of the way every obstacle to the accomplishment of the divine purpose of blessing to man.

Jesus then said to him, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter you shall see Heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man(John 1:51 KJV).

In essence, one could say that Jesus Christ was and is that ladder.

The “angels of God ascending and descending on it,” proclaim all the resources of God, which are now at the disposal of Jacob. It is the same for every modern believer, that is, if we properly understand Jesus Christ and look to Him exclusively according to what He has done for us in the sacrifice of Himself on the Cross.

THE LORD

And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon you lie, to you will I give it, and to your seed(Gen 28:13 KJV).

The words, “above it,” in the original Hebrew, actually should read, “beside him.” Not only did the angels descend by it to him, but God Himself descended this stairway of glory, and standing beside him said, “Behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go(Vs. 15).

When He said to Jacob, “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac,” He was, in essence, telling Jacob that as He had been with them, He would be with Jacob, also. As well, the promises that He gave to both, He now gives to Jacob.

The patriarch, destitute and with a stone for a pillow, and literally having to leave this land, is now told by the Lord, “To you will I give it, and to your seed.

Only faith could accept such a promise, especially considering the condition in which Jacob presently found himself. However, most of the time, the great promises given to us by the Lord come when they seem the most unlikely.

THE BLESSING

And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in you and in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed(Gen 28:14 KJV).

The first portion of this verse speaks not only of Israel but, as well, of every single person who has ever been born again. Considering that this seed would be “as the dust of the earth,” we are speaking here of a tremendous multitude.

The spreading abroad in all directions tells us that “this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come(Mat 24:14 KJV).

The seed expressed in the last phrase of this verse speaks of Christ (Gal 3:16 KJV), and to Him and Him alone “shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Thank God my family got in on this great blessing.

THE WORD OF GOD

And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go, and will bring you again into this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have spoken to you of(Gen 28:15 KJV).

Several things are said in this verse:

»» I am with you.

»» I will keep you.

»» I will bring you again into this land.

»» I won’t leave you until I have done all that of which I have spoken to you.

As the Lord spoke these great promises to Jacob, through Christ, He has spoken the same thing to us.

Concerning my own personal life and ministry, I claim these promises exactly as given to Jacob. I believe I have the spiritual right to do this, and I believe that you do, as well, at least in the context of that which the Lord wants you to do.

If the Lord has spoken anything to you, irrespective as to what it might be, and you are sure of that voice, if you will only walk in obedience and continue to look to Christ and His Cross, He will not leave you until this thing comes to pass.

As we understand the terminology as given to Jacob, he wasn’t personally, at least at that time, to own all of Israel, but his seed definitely would. In fact, this is at least one of the reasons that he charged his sons to “bury him with his fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite” (Gen 49:29 KJV).

THE PLACE OF THE LORD

And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not(Gen. 28:16 KJV).

How happy and free from care would Jacob’s life have been had he let God plan for him! Yet, I’m not so sure but that all of us have to take the same course in some way as did Jacob.

Incidentally, the vow which Jacob vowed is the first recorded vow in the Bible.

For the first time, Jehovah reveals Himself to Jacob. Quite possibly, one might say, on this very night Jacob was born from above.

Isaac and Esau refused subjection to God; Rebekah and Jacob refused cooperation with God. The rebellion of the human will is seen in the first pair and its wickedness in the second pair.

What place was this?

It was not the geography that counted, but rather Jacob’s present condition. He was at his weakest here. Whatever the material blessing from his father’s flocks would have been, it is now lost. In fact, financially, he is, for all practical purposes, destitute. As well, he doesn’t have the comfort of his family on which to lean.

Once again, the fact is, his brother is seeking to kill him. In this lonely, destitute condition the Lord meets Jacob and gives him the greatest promises that could ever be given to any man.

This tells us, as previously stated, that all hopes of the flesh must die before the Spirit can properly be revealed to us. As long as Christian man has a frail arm of flesh on which to lean, that he will do. So, the Lord has to bring us to a place to where there are no more arms on which to lean, and our dependence is now totally in Him. Regrettably, we do not come to this place and position quickly or easily.

The gist of this particular verse is, at the very time, moment, and place where and when Jacob least expects the Lord is when the Lord appears to him.

PUNISHMENT OR BLESSING?

Faith builds a ladder, and on that ladder, God descends, along with all His holy angels.

It is ironic; the Lord never mentions here the wrongdoing of the patriarch. There is no reprimand, no upbraiding, and definitely no punishment. But yet, I think if this situation was brought into the present, the modern church would think of nothing but punishment.

It thinks in this vein simply because it little knows the path of faith, but rather functions mostly in the realm of law. Of course, law demands punishment while faith demands grace.

The modern church, as well, would never even dream of admitting that God would speak to someone who, just a few days before, had practiced great deception on his father Isaac and his brother Esau, and who plainly lied. Once again, such thinking is because the church functions mostly in law. As it regards God speaking to such an individual, such would shut the door, but faith builds a ladder, and on that ladder, God descends, along with all His holy angels.

As we have previously stated, Jacob merited nothing, and God promised him everything. Such is grace!

THE HOUSE OF GOD AND THE GATE OF HEAVEN

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(Gen 28:17 KJV).

How dreadful is this place!” could have been translated, “how awe-inspiring is this place!

Jacob was afraid and in such a case, rightly so; so were Moses (Ex 20:18-19 KJV), Job (Job 42:5-6 KJV), Isaiah (Isa 6:5 KJV), Peter (Luke 5:8 KJV), and John (Rev 1:17-18 KJV), at similar discoveries of the divine presence.

Considering what Jacob had experienced, it is no wonder that he refers to this place as “Beth-el,” i.e., “the house of God” and “the gate of Heaven.

Presently, under Christ, the house of God is believers. Paul said, “Don’t you know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16 KJV).

Now the gate of Heaven is Jesus Christ, as it always has been. However, due to the Incarnation and what Jesus has done for us at the Cross, the gate of Heaven can be found almost anywhere, for Christ can be accepted anywhere.

THE STONE

And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it(Gen 28:18 KJV).

I think the stone would have been looked at by the Lord as a type of Christ, with the oil serving as a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

Incidentally, the stone claimed by British Israelism to be the stone which served as a pillow for Jacob could not be such. That particular stone is Scottish sandstone, and all the stone around Beth-el in Israel is limestone.

BETHEL

And he called the name of that place Beth-el: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first(Gen 28:19 KJV).

The place that Jacob named as Beth-el, which means, “house of God,” was a little ways from the town then called Luz. It was then a Canaanite town but came to be called Beth-el, after the conquest by Israel (Judge 1:26 KJV). Beth-el is actually a suburb of Jerusalem at present. The last time I was there, a Jewish army base was the principal part of the area.

THE VOW

And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on(Gen 28:20 KJV).

This is the first recorded vow in the Bible.

George Williams says concerning these statements by Jacob: “There is much to make it appear that the word ‘if’ in this passage means ‘since.’ Personal salvation is not a matter of education, but of revelation (Mat 11:27 KJV). And Jacob no doubt had received a good religious education from his parents; but, now, for the first time, Jehovah reveals Himself to him.

The path of faith has now been opened up to Jacob, and he, for all practical purposes, understands what it is. There is every evidence, as stated, that Jacob truly was born again this particular night.

In fact, millions are in the modern church who have never been born again. They have received some religious education exactly as did Jacob, but they’ve never had a revelation from the Lord. What would that revelation be?

REVELATION

In its most simplistic form, revelation is the Holy Spirit dealing with the heart, even as the Word of God is preached or proclaimed in some way, creating alarm in the sinner’s soul and, as well, bringing about the need for Christ. In fact, such revelation is a must if an individual is to be saved. Otherwise, he merely has an education, which definitely will not suffice.

Such a revelation will always come, providing the Word of God is faithfully preached, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit accompanies such a Word. Without fail, if the heart is open at all, the revelation will then come!

As well, this passage proves that Jacob had basically forfeited the double portion which came to the one having the birthright, at least when the father died. In fact, both Jacob and Esau were expecting Isaac to die at this particular time. He didn’t, incidentally!

In Jacob’s mind, all of this inheritance was gone. So, he asked the Lord to provide for him. As stated, he was now totally dependent on the Lord for everything.

PEACE

So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God(Gen 28:21 KJV).

The patriarch is asking two things:

1. Would he ultimately be able to come home?

2. Could he come in peace, i.e., free from Esau’s avenging threats?

The Lord did all of this with Jacob, plus much more. He gave him far more than bread to eat and raiment to put on.

TITHE

And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that You shall give me I will surely give the tenth unto You(Gen 28:22 KJV).

Jacob set up the stone for a pillar and designated the place as God’s house.

In fact, this definitely was one of the greatest revelations thus far that God had given to any man. From this tremendous experience, Jacob claimed his part in the great appellative, “the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob.”

His vow is that he would give the tenth, or tithe, unto God.

Just exactly as to whom he would give this, we aren’t told. So, more than likely, when he came into possessions of herds, no matter how large those herds, Jacob gave a tenth unto God, which he, no doubt, offered in sacrifice. If that was the case, and it, no doubt, was, we now find Jacob offering up sacrifices to a degree as no one else. This would have greatly glorified God, with all the sacrifices being a symbol of the coming Redeemer who would die on the Cross, shedding His life’s blood (Eph 2:13-18 KJV).

JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED

In effect, if the tithe we now give to the work of God doesn’t go to proclaim the Message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, then, in reality, we are not giving to God but to something else entirely.

This is the second time that giving to the Lord in the form of tithes is mentioned in the Bible. On the first occasion, Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek, who was a type of Christ as our Great High Priest. Jesus would become this by dying on the Cross as a sacrifice. So, both occasions of paying tithes speak to the Cross; therefore, our tithes presently must go for the same benefit, to proclaim the grand Message of “Jesus Christ and Him crucified(1 Cor 1:23 KJV; 1 Cor 2:2 KJV). Otherwise, we really aren’t paying tithes!

THE JOURNEY

Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east(Gen 29:1 KJV).

Grace forgave Jacob and confirmed to him the promises. We will find in this scenario that even though Jacob has had a great revelation from the Lord, still, spiritually speaking, he has yet a ways to go.

Self is the culprit; no one can really enjoy God until he gets to the bottom of self.

This journey, even as we shall see, was to last for some 20 years. In it, Jacob would learn much but would still need another revelation before the total change would come. More than anything else, these 20 years were to make him see the need for change.

God will not really begin to reveal Himself until the end of the flesh is seen. If, therefore, I have not reached the end of my flesh in the deep and positive experience of my soul, it is morally impossible that I can have anything like a just apprehension of God’s character. Regrettably, it takes a long time to come to the end of self-will.

This is what this journey is all about!

We will find in the coming scenario that the problem of deception is still with Jacob, and an old sin is an easy sin!

Jacob was now in Mesopotamia, about 450 miles from Beer-sheba.

THE WELL

And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth(Gen 29:2 KJV).

As we shall see, it is obvious that this well could only be used at fixed times. A great stone covered its mouth, which probably required two or three men to remove it.

From the way the scenario unfolds, more than likely, Laban, the father of Rachel, owned this well because immediately upon her arrival with the sheep, the stone was rolled away. Her sheep were watered first while the rest yet had to bide their time until her sheep were watered though they had been there long before her.

Considering the value of wells of that particular time, this is probably the truth of the matter.

Jacob comes upon this well and sees sheep and shepherds gathered by it. They are evidently waiting for the stone to be rolled away so their sheep can be watered.

WATER

Jacob would learn much but would still need another revelation before the total change would come. More than anything else, these 20 years were to make him see the need for change.

And there were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place(Gen 29:3 KJV).

This verse plainly tells us how the sheep were watered at this particular well. As stated, it probably belonged to Laban and was only opened at certain times.

Jacob is now coming to the end of his journey, but yet, spiritually speaking, it is a journey that will continue.

To be brought to the place where the Lord desires that we be is not done quickly or easily. As it regards the child of God, every action plays a part in the sanctification process Wells with their water always presented a place of refreshment, especially in a climate such as that in which Jacob now found himself. Thank God the Lord always has a well at the desired place. 


Part II September 2014


 

   “Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east (Gen 29:1 KJV).

 

THE JOURNEY

Self is the culprit; no one can really enjoy God until he gets to the bottom of self.

Grace forgave Jacob and confirmed to him the promises. We will find in this scenario that even though Jacob has had a great revelation from the Lord, still, spiritually speaking, he has yet a ways to go.

Self is the culprit; no one can really enjoy God until he gets to the bottom of self.

This journey, even as we shall see, was to last for some 20 years. In it, Jacob would learn much but would still need another revelation before the total change would come. More than anything else, these 20 years were to make him see the need for change.

God will not really begin to reveal Himself until the end of the flesh is seen. If, therefore, I have not reached the end of my flesh in the deep and positive experience of my soul, it is morally impossible that I can have anything like a just apprehension of God’s character. Regrettably, it takes a long time to come to the end of self-will.

This is what this journey is all about! We will find in the coming scenario that the problem of deception is still with Jacob, and an old sin is an easy sin!

Jacob was now in Mesopotamia, about 450 miles from Beer-sheba.

THE WELL

And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth(Gen 29:2 KJV).

As we shall see, it is obvious that this well could only be used at fixed times. A great stone covered its mouth, which probably required two or three men to remove it.

From the way the scenario unfolds, more than likely, Laban, the father of Rachel, owned this well because immediately upon her arrival with the sheep, the stone was rolled away. Her sheep were watered first while the rest had to bide their time until her sheep were watered though they had been there long before her.

Considering the value of wells of that particular time, this is probably the truth of the matter.

Jacob comes upon this well and sees sheep and shepherds gathered by it. They are evidently waiting for the stone to be rolled away so their sheep can be watered.

WATER

And there were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place(Gen 29:3 KJV).

This verse plainly tells us how the sheep were watered at this particular well. As stated, it probably belonged to Laban and was only opened at certain times.

Jacob is now coming to the end of his journey, but yet, spiritually speaking, it is a journey that will continue.

To be brought to the place where the Lord desires that we be is not done quickly or easily. As it regards the child of God, every action plays a part in the sanctification process. Wells with their water always presented a place of refreshment, especially in a climate such as that in which Jacob now found himself. Thank God the Lord always has a well at the desired place.

HARAN

And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, where do you live? And they said, Of Haran are we(Gen 29:4 KJV).

In those days, signs were not on every corner giving directions. As well, one did not ask just anyone concerning distances or directions. Robbers were lying in wait for those who were lost or disoriented.

So, when Jacob asked these shepherds where they were from, with their reply being, “Haran,” which was actually his destination, he knew he was close. This, no doubt, reminded him of God’s promise to guide him on his journey.

For the Lord to be with one — to guide, to lead, to give direction, and to help in that which at first seems to be but small things, but which quickly leads to large things — is the greatest blessing that one could ever know. This which the Lord promised to do for Jacob, as wonderful as it was, is available to all believers, irrespective as to whom they might be. Paul quotes the Master when He said: “‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you.’

So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my Helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me(Heb 13:5-6 KJV).

However, such relationship is not automatic with the believer. The believer must actively want and desire such relationship and must ask the Lord to provide such. It is a prayer that the Lord will definitely answer. However, He will not push His way in but, most of the time, is waiting for the initiative to be taken by the believer.

LABAN

And he said unto them, Do you know Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him(Gen 29:5 KJV).

Laban, it is remembered, is Rebekah’s brother. He is the one who primarily dealt with Eliezer, the servant of Abraham, who had come to find a bride for Isaac, which took place approximately 80 to 90 years before (Gen Chapter 24). This would mean that Laban was over 100 years of age, which was not uncommon in those days.

The language spoken then by the shepherds was probably Chaldean. Jacob, who spoke Hebrew, was evidently able to converse with them either because he had learned Chaldean from his mother or, as is more probable, because the dialects were not then greatly dissimilar.

He called Laban the son of Nahor though he was actually the grandson. In both Hebrew and Aramaic, there is no separate word for grandson. “Son” means any descendant down the line.

RACHEL

And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep” (Gen 29:6 KJV).

This is the first mention of Rachel in the Bible. She will figure very prominently in the great plan of God, being the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She was the ancestress of three of the great tribes of Israel — Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh — the latter two being the sons of Joseph. She and her sister Leah were honoured by later generations as those “who together built up the house of Israel(Ruth 4:11 KJV).

The evidence is that Laban was not so well-to-do financially. His daughter was serving as a shepherdess. She was evidently raised to do her part in the family and, thereby, was taught responsibility and industry. From such, the Lord drew the mothers of Israel.

In all of this we see the hand of the Lord working, which is a pleasure to behold. Jacob, who must have a wife in order for the great plan of God to be brought forth, is led to this particular well even at the exact time that Rachel appears. What a mighty God we serve!

THE SHEEP

Rachel, Jacob, the Well, and the Sheep

And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water the sheep, and go and feed them.

And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep(Gen 28:21 KJV).

Knowing that the shepherds have brought the sheep for water, Jacob wonders as to why they are not attending to the task but seemingly waiting.

More than likely, as stated, the reason was that Laban owned the well, and the flocks could not be watered until Rachel had watered her flock.

Wells in those days were very valuable, especially in the places of hot, dry climates, which this was. So, a system for watering undoubtedly was worked out with the various different flocks in the area.

The stone at the well’s mouth, which is so often mentioned here, was to secure the water; for water was scarce — it was not there for everyone’s use.

RACHEL, THE SHEPHERDESS

And while he yet spoke with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep: for she kept them(Gen 29:9 KJV).

We readily see the hand of the Lord working in this situation regarding the meeting of Jacob with Rachel. I think the Holy Spirit immediately informed Jacob that this young lady was to be his wife. However, as we shall see, Jacob’s way was fraught with difficulty.

At this point, Laban had no sons, although later, he would have. As the younger daughter, Rachel was assigned to the task of keeping the sheep, which she did. How old Rachel was at this time, we have no way of knowing; however, she was probably in her late teens.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother(Gen 29:10 KJV).

Three times the Holy Spirit has Moses to repeat the term, “His mother’s brother.” It is not done unintentionally. The idea is, Jacob has met with his own relations, with “his bone and his flesh.

This is some proof that Laban owned this well in that Rachel waters her sheep first, or at least Jacob waters them for her.

It is highly unlikely that Jacob would have acted here as he did had he not learned from Rachel, or possibly the waiting shepherds, that the well belonged to Laban and that no sheep were to be watered until Rachel had first watered hers.

The Scripture says, “When Jacob saw Rachel.” Every evidence is that it was love at first sight.

RACHEL AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD

And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept(Gen 29:11 KJV).

The patriarch is overcome with emotion, and I think mostly at the joy of seeing the hand of God working in his life. Truly, the Lord was with him. While he was very happy to have met his relatives, which means that his long journey was now over, I think the greatest joy of all was that of a spiritual note. As well, he may have known at that very moment, and informed by the Spirit of God that Rachel would be his wife. He, of course, would not have told her that then, but more than likely, the Spirit of the Lord definitely informed him of such, at least at some point.

RELATIONS


Jacob

And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s brother, and that he was Rebekah’s son: and she ran and told her father(Gen 29:12 KJV).

Jacob was actually the nephew of Laban. Terms of relationship were used in a very indefinite way among the Hebrews.

We will find that Jacob’s love for Rachel is one of the Bible’s outstanding examples of human love — seven years “seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her(Gen. 29:20 KJV).

When she told her father Laban about Jacob, I wonder if he did not recall when his sister Rebekah, those many years before, had come to him when Eliezer had come on behalf of Abraham as it regarded a bride for Isaac?

LABAN AND JACOB

And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things(Gen 29:13 KJV).

Laban now did almost exactly what he had done those many years before when he was told by Rebekah of Eliezer. As he ran then to meet Abraham’s servant, he now runs to meet Jacob.

The patriarch now relates to Laban all the things which had happened between him and Esau. No doubt, he especially gave all the information which Laban required about his mother Rebekah, who was Laban’s sister.

Laban would have been well over 100 years of age at this time.

THE BEGINNING

And Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month(Gen 29:14 KJV).

Jacob is now about to begin to reap the bitter fruit of his sin. At the outset, he is deceived exactly as he deceived his father, and was deeply wounded in the deepest affections of his heart.

It is a popular mistake to suppose that Jacob did not marry Rachel till the end of the seven years, or even the second seven years. Every evidence is, however, that he took her immediately for his wife, serving the term after the wedding.

After Jacob related everything to Laban, the uncle admitted that Jacob was indeed who he had said he was, for the simple reason that no one else would have had the knowledge of so many details.

Jacob abiding with Laban for the space of a month means that he lived with Laban for this particular period of time, and then went out and obtained his own place after that.

WAGES

And Laban said unto Jacob, Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall your wages be?(Gen 29:15 KJV).

Jacob, the dealer, meets now with Laban, the dealer, and they both are seen, as it were, straining every nerve to outwit each other.

Evidently, during the month that Jacob spent in the house of Laban, he applied himself to serve his uncle even as he had begun when he watered his flock. So, Laban wanted to strike up a bargain with him that Jacob might be in his employ.

Due to the manner in which Jacob had to leave his home, he was destitute of money of any nature and so was at the mercy of Laban to a great degree.

THE BARGAIN

And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.

And Laban said, It is better that I give her to you, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had to her(Gen 29:16-20 KJV).

Would the deception that Laban was now planning to carry out on Jacob have been carried out if, in fact, Jacob had not tried to practice deception on his father Isaac?

I think not! The Scripture emphatically states that we reap what we sow (Gal 6:7-8 KJV). Even though the passage in Galatians is speaking of sowing to the flesh or sowing to the Spirit, still, the principle is the same.

SOWING TO THE FLESH

In its most simplistic form, this refers to trying to live this Christian life by means other than faith in Christ and what Christ has done for us at the Cross.

The sacrifices of old represented Christ and His Cross. Faith in those sacrifices (per se) would have done little good; however, faith in who and what they represented
was the secret of all victory and power.

Even though believers were not referred to as Christians during Jacob’s time, the principle was the same. Jacob all too often was trying to follow the Lord by the means of self-will instead of trust in the Lord.

However, we have far less excuse today than did Jacob. The Cross through which everything comes to the believer from the Lord is now historical. In other words, it’s a fact. The Cross with Jacob was prophetic, meaning that it was yet in the future. Still, as we receive everything presently from the Lord by looking back to the Cross, in Old Testament times, everything was received from the Lord by looking forward to that coming time of the Cross. In fact, the sacrifices of old represented Christ and His Cross. Faith in those sacrifices per se would have done little good; however, faith in who and what they represented was the secret of all victory and power.

Let’s say it another way: Any effort made other than faith in Christ and the Cross is sowing to the flesh, which means that such will never bring forth the desired result.

SOWING TO THE SPIRIT

Sowing to the Spirit refers to the Holy Spirit, and refers to placing our faith and confidence totally and completely in Christ and the Cross through which the Holy Spirit works (Rom 8:1-11 KJV).

Many Christians have the idea that sowing to the Spirit refers to doing spiritual things. It really doesn’t! While those things we do might be good, helpful, instructive, and informative; still, our walk with God is not so much in what we do, but rather what we believe (John 3:16 KJV).

As we look at Jacob, we might possibly think that we would never do such a thing as Jacob did as it regards the practicing of deception. While deception may not be our direction, to be sure, some other wrong is. In other words, we don’t come to the place of walking after the Spirit very quickly or very easily. As well, we can’t come there at all if someone doesn’t teach us the truth.

Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free(John 8:32 KJV).

While it’s not possible to eliminate the growing process in the hearts and lives of believers, we can save ourselves much grief if we are blessed enough to come under correct teaching.

So, Jacob loved Rachel and agreed to serve Laban some seven years for her hand, so to speak.

It would seem from these statements that Jacob served Laban for seven years before Rachel became his wife; however, the terminology employed rather refers to a contract or agreement. Jacob married both Leah and Rachel immediately, the first in which he was deceived into doing so, and the second by intention. Now he must serve 14 years, which he did. 

(This message was derived from the hardback book by Jimmy Swaggart, “Jacob.”.)

Scriptures from: (The Expositor’s Study Bible)[KJV/ESB]. iPad & iPhone & Hard Copy: by Jimmy Swaggart. 

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