Visions of Glory

Day 11

Prayer for the day

Your testimonies are very sure, and holiness adorns your house, O LORD, for ever and for evermore.

Scripture for the day

Genesis 27-28, Matthew 8:18-34

ladder

We’re often quick to label an exciting experience, an exotic food, or an attractive person “heavenly.” Very few of us get the kind of glimpse of heaven that Jacob got.

Lying on the ground at night, using a stone for a pillow, Jacob has a marvellous vision of a ladder reaching to earth from heaven, and angels ascending and descending. This is a place where the veil between heaven and earth is thin, or slightly pulled back, and Jacob gets a supernatural view of what goes on “behind the scenes.”

These kind of visions come only once in awhile in the First Testament, and they’re often enough to change the course of a life, and even of history. In the Second Testament, God does the unexpected: the veil is removed for a brief time. It’s removed in the person of Jesus Christ. In his life, in his words, in his ministry, his death, and his resurrection, Jesus gives us a backstage pass to see exactly what is going on behind the scenes. In a way, Jesus brings heaven to earth.

We see this in the way he lives in obedience to God the Father. We see it in his command over the wind and the waves. And we see it in his command over the spiritual forces at work in the world. In every aspect of his life, Jesus shows us heaven.

When Jacob caught even a glimpse of the reality behind his everyday experience, his response was awe, wonder, and worship.

When the disciples witnessed the power of God in Jesus, the reality behind their everyday experiences, their response was awe, wonder, and worship.

Doesn’t it stand to reason that when we witness the glory of God in Jesus, when we see the salvation he brings, the good he works, the change he can effect, our response should be awe, wonder, and worship?

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One thought on “Visions of Glory

  1. in verse 36 of chapter 27, why does esau draw a distinction between the birthright and the blessing? are they two different things? or was it a way of underscoring Jacobs supplanting, talking about the one act in it’s inception and execution as the different things? the blessing had the dew of heaven, the fatness of the earth, plenty of corn and wine, he would be a master, nations would bow to him, his family would bow down to him. everyone that cursed him would be cursed and everyone that blessed him would be blessed.

    it’s reasonable. at times even automatic… looking at the stars or the mountains, or the ocean. there is a lot of wonder built into creation. i always wonder at the the color of peoples eyes. miracles of nature that are just beyond us to accomplish…and they are literally all around us.

    did Jacob instituted tithing?

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