Sulum  Yaakov...Angels going up and down ladder while Jacob sleeps...Jacob's Ladder
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 B'resheet (Genesis 28:10-17 CJB):
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Ya'akov (Jacob) went out from Be'er-Sheva and traveled toward Haran.  He came to a certain place and stayed the night there, because the sun had set.  He took a stone from the place, put it under his head and lay down there to sleep.  He dreamt that there before him was a ladder resting on the ground with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of Adonai (Lord)
 were going up and down on it."

Angels going up and down ladder while Jacob sleeps
 
"Then suddenly Adonai was standing there next him; and he said, 'I am Adonai, the God of Avraham(Abraham) your [grand] father and the God of Yitz'chak(Isaac).  The land on which you are lying I will give to you and to your descendants.  Your descendents will be as numerous as the grains of dust on the earth.  You will expand to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south.  By you and yours descendants all the families of the earth will be blessed.  Look, I am with you, I will guard you wherever you go, and I will bring you back into this land, because I won't leave you until I have done what I have promised you.' "
 
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In Genesis 28 we read of  Yaakov's vision of the Sulum Yaakov, which we know as Jacob's Ladder.  In his dream, Jacob saw a vision of a ladder connecting heaven to earth upon which angels ascended and descended.
 
Angels going up and down ladder while Jacob sleeps
 
We are told that, on yet another ordinary day on his solitary journey, Jacob stopped in an ordinary place, placed a stone under his head, and went to sleep.  Although most of us have probably never camped on that ordinary spot, I think we may have nonetheless been there at one time or another.  Some of us, in fact, may be there right now.
 
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Itís that place we come to when we've worked hard for something, gotten it, and found out that itís not what we hoped it would be. 
 
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 Itís that place on the other side of the fence or over the rainbow where we discover that we're no happier there than we were here. 
 
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Itís that moment of exhaustion when we've tried everything we know, when we feel completely alone, and when we have nowhere else to turn.
 
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The ladder represents Yeshua, the Messiah.  It signifies that wherever you are, no matter how low of a place, there is a 'Ladder' that comes from heaven to meet you. When you are down and depressed, feeling hopeless or unworthy, the 'Ladder' of God's grace is always there.
This is a beautiful and important story to remember, but, there is a second part of which you need to be aware. As Paul Harvey would say, "Now for the rest of the story!"

A ladder is not an escalator! Escalator
A ladder requires climbing. You must make the effort to climb it!  The 'Ladder' to Heaven's grace is on the ground right next to where you are standing, but you have to take hold of it, step up on it, and ascend.  You are not supposed to just stand still!

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Choose to make the higher step.  Rise out of your situation and rise even higher from glory to glory.
 Yeshua opens the way for each of us to "ascend to heaven" and to bring "heaven to earth" in the daily circumstances of our lives.  God's kingdom is present in those who seek Him and who do His will.  Do you pray as Yeshua taught, "May Your kingdom come and Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven? "

"Heavenly Father, through Your Son, Messiah Yeshua, You have opened the way to heaven for us.  As You revealed Yourself to Your beloved Patriarchs and Apostles, so reveal Yourself to us that we may glorify You in our daily lives.  May we always find joy in Your presence and never lose sight of the kingdom of heaven, as we climb...
higher and higher.... from glory to glory!

Hallelujah and AMEN!


   Angel pointing to stairs  


Sulum Yaakov.........Jacob's Ladder!


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~~ Picture Gallery ~~~

A portion of a fresco by Raphael entitled,
"The Dream of Jacob."

 

A portion of a fresco by Raphael entitled, "The Dream of Jacob"

Fresco from the Church of Kariye Djami in Istanbul of Jacob's ladder  

Fresco from the Church of Kariye Djami in Istanbul

Stained glass picture of angels going up and down ladder while Jacob sleepsAngels going up and down ladder while Jacob sleeps

Angels going up and down ladder while Jacob sleeps

  Fresco on arch in
Church of Saint Luke

Fresco on arch of Church of Saint Luke of Jacob's ladder

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 Written by Billye Jeane Mercer

In His Love, bj

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 reference:
Sapphires by Jonathan Cahn Don Schwager


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