Read Genesis 28 – Where to start? There is so much at play in our chapter.
We begin where Rebekah’s complaint in 27:46 began, and Isaac summoned Jacob, instructing him to not marry a Canaanite woman, but to go to Uncle Laban’s house and marry one of his daughters. Isaac gave Jacob one more blessing and sent him away.
Esau knew his parents did not like the local women so he made an outward gesture to please them by traveling to Uncle Ishmael’s house and marrying his daughter, Mahalath. She is his 3rd wife, Judith and Basemath are his Hittite wives who made life miserable for Isaac and Rebekah (26;34-35).
Beloved, this is partial obedience. This is what it looks like to God when a person decides for themselves what would please Him, without actually submitting to the LORD in prayer nor having any true repentance. This is like the spouse who is faithful most of the time, or the addict who is sometimes sober.
Jacob set up camp for the night, resting his head on a stone, and has a vivid dream. In it, the LORD confirms the blessing of Abraham and promises: “What’s more, I am with you , and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” :15 WOW! Jacob woke up, memorialized the stone, pouring olive oil over it, and renamed the place Bethel (house of God).
Beloved, pour over Jacob’s dream in verses :12-15. Ask God to grow your faith; stand before Him in your hard places and meditate on what He has to say to you.🙇♀️🙏🪜🙌🙇