Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 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 on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.” (Genesis 28:12-13)
It was on the same mountain where God had told Abraham, “Because you have obeyed my voice, through your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 22:18), that God revealed Himself to Jacob in a very dramatic way. It was, in some ways, a fulfillment of what Abraham had spoken in this place saying, “In the mount of the LORD He shall be seen” (Genesis 22:14). It was also in this place that the Almighty reiterated the promises made to Abraham and where He indicated that He wished to be Jacob’s God. Notice that He told Jacob, “I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac” — in other words, He didn’t say “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac AND Jacob.”
Many of us have enjoyed the blessing of growing up in a God-fearing home, parented by those who wished to live life in service to the Almighty. It is indeed a blessing to be surrounded by those who strive to walk upright before Him and who pass onto their children the ways of righteousness. Still, there comes a time when each of us must own this walk for ourselves. The fact is, we can’t rely upon our parent’s relationship with God to gain access to the Kingdom — we must have personal relationship with God.
And so it is that the God of Abraham and Isaac desired to be Jacob’s God as well. Likewise, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob desires to be our God. His heart is that we would seek to have a personal relationship with Him; that we would regard Him as our God and that we would be His people. To those who embrace this notion He has made great and wonderful promises to us and to our children.
Blessings and Shalom,