Monday, 8 November 2010
Plenteous Blessings From A Precious Jesus; Genesis 28
"And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stanger, which God gave unto Abraham" (Genesis 28:4).
Observe the same blessing still carried on.
It is here called Abraham's blessing.
And what is that but the gospel blessing of the Lord Jesus; on whom, and in whom alone, all blessings centre.
Precious expression! A multitude of people. Hebrews 12:22-23; Revelation 7:9; Numbers 23:10.
"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. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I [am] the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed" (Genesis 28:12-13).
Is not this a beautiful type of the Lord Jesus?
Are not all revelation of God to man made through the medium of Jesus Christ? John 1:18.
Did not this ladder represent the constancy of the communication kept open between the Lord and His people?
The top reaching to heaven, representing the divine nature of Christ; and the bottom resting on the earth, His human nature.
And the angels of God ascending and descending, do they not confirm that scripture, Hebrews 1:14? And throw a light upon that precious declaration of Jesus, John 1:51.
"And, behold, I [am] with thee, and will keep thee in all [places] whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done [that] which I have spoken to thee of" (Genesis 28:15). All promises are in Christ, and with Christ; all promises are connected. And reader! do not forget how the Holy Ghost taught the church to apply his to all Christ's seed; Hebrews 13:5-6. _____________________________________________________
I must not close this Chapter of Jacob's mercies, when the visions of God began with him, without first requesting the reader not to overlook the precious outlines which are here drawn by the Holy Ghost of Jesus's manifestations to all His people.
• Is it not by Him that a channel of communication is opened to our souls for access to God, when like Jacob we have left our father's house and are as wanderers on the earth?
• Is He not the Way, and the Truth, and the Life, by which all mercies come down, and all praises and prayers go up, through His divine mediation?
• And is it not by Him alone that we humbly hope, when all the pilgrimage of this life is over, to come again to our Father's house which is in heaven: to which hope we are begotten by His glorious undertaken, and His accomplishment of our redemption?
Precious, precious Jesus! be Thou with me, and keep me in the way that I go; and give me food and raiment convenient for me: fill my soul with the bread of life, and cloathe me with the garment of Thy salvation; then wilt Thou be indeed the Lord my God: and I shall be Thine, in an everlasting covenant, not to be broken.