During this time, Jacob will marry four women, have eleven sons, experience the consequences of broken decisions concerning his family of origin and the family he has married into, as well as grow in his personal journey with the mysterious God of his father. As we journey with Jacob through the highs and lows of his life, many of us will identify with the poor decisions, hurtful responses, isolation, loss, and favoritism that continually arise in his family, but just as Jacob will learn, the God of the story continues to remain faithful to his plan and promises.
In preparation for our time together, please read Genesis 28-30 and reflect on the following question: If you take an honest assessment of your present relationship with God, how would you describe this particular season of your journey with Him?
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it[c] stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[d] 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”