ROCK FOR A PILLOW

ROCK FOR A PILLOW

Gen. 28:11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

This is a very beautiful story in the Bible filled with spiritual revelation. Jacob was on his own for the first time, or so he thought. Actually in this aloneness is where He met his forever friend for the first time. Like Jacob, many times, it’s in the most miserable circumstances that we have our revelation of The Lord. As Jacob fell into a fitful sleep that night, he was beginning the adventure of his life. He was about to experience the supernatural world for himself. Jonathan Edwards brings out some of the spiritual implications of this story in his teaching on Jacob’s ladder.

“God has as it were set a Ladder on the Earth for man to Climb to happiness.
Man has Lost his Primitive happiness as he was set at first on high, in a great height of Honor and dignity at an high pitch of Blessedness but he by transgression is fallen from thence he is sunk low in misery and now all mankind are naturally in a very doleful state and condition fallen from God. Bereft of all good groveling in the ground and unable to rise in the state that we are in by the fall we are no more able to reach up and come out of our misery or reach happiness than we are unable to rise up in the air and ascend to the clouds or up to the stars.”

Edwards had a knack of seeing Christ in all things. He was a master of teaching types and shadows of Christ from Old Testament stories and texts. In the story of Jacob’s ladder he brings out the picture of the believer resting on Christ being typified by Jacob sleeping on a rock for a pillow. Here is a quote from am unedited sermon Edwards preached on Jacob’s ladder.

“Jacobs sleeping or resting on this stone is a type of faith by which believers are resting on Christ. Christ invites the weary to come to Him and His promises. Jacob while resting on this stone has Heavens Gate opened to him and a ladder reaching from him to God in Heaven so tis by faith in Christ whereby the believers rest on Christ that they have heavens gate opened to them and have a ladder or a way procured for them to ascend and come to God in Heaven. Jacob, while resting on the stone had God appearing to him as his Covenant God. So tis through faith in Christ that God becomes the Covenant God of his people. Jacob, while sleeping on this stone had the angels of God ascending and descending.”

So maybe you feel all alone and your sleep felt like you were using Jacob’s rock for a pillow, be encouraged, you just might find yourself starting your own adventure on the ladder that goes to heaven.

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4 Responses to “ROCK FOR A PILLOW”

  1. Larry Faust Says:

    Awesome Pastor!
    I will gladly lean with all my might on that Rock! On that ladder (on Christ) we will ascend the very heavenlies and enter the presence so long denied man.
    Jacob is often mistranslated deceiver but his name is supplanter; one who takes the place of, and there is much to learn from his life.He was just the one God was looking for – the one who would gladly give all to have the blessing of God’s favor and presence. He was surely flawed, as are all men, but God saw something else in him. He was to be given a new name, a new life, and a new heritage: He was to be Israel, a prince who has power with God.
    This is surely a type of the new birth where God looks upon these flawed men and sees something that cannot be seen with natural eyes- the image of His Son,. He gives us a new name (Rev_2:17 , 3 : 12), dreams, visions, signs and wonders just as He gave them to Jacob. He also gave us the fruition of that heavenly vision- Jacobs ladder is now a reality as Jesus is connect heaven itself to this humble earth.

  2. Ray Flick Says:

    Jacob’s Dream Genesis 28 : 22 I have set up this stone as a pillar to be GOD’S house. And I will give You a tenth part of all You give to me . I love the Word of God, the truth of God, it sets me free . We all can walk in this truth, to give a tenth of all God gives to us, think about it ! God bless you !

  3. laszlo szujo Says:

    “then Jacob went briskly and cheerfully on his way”-it makes me smile how God deals with us….promise and encouragement first and then He deals with our”dark side”……

  4. kevin falgoust Says:

    THANK YOU “LORD” MY ROCK, OMEGA and ALPHA. (JESUS).I LAY MY HEAD ON YOUR PILLOW DAILY 24/7 JESUS. MY ONE AND ONLY TRUE LOVE THAT FOUND ME WHEN I CRIED OUT FOR HIM. HE LOVED ME FROM THE BEGINNING AND NEVER GAVE UP ON ME TILL THE END AND STILL GOING. I’M WITH YOU FOREVER, I’M ( SO ) IN LOVE WITH YOU AND I WANT THE WHOLE WORLD TO KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME. OBEDIENT IS THE KEY, WITH A PURE HEART ALL THE TIME. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME, I’LL NEVER FORGET WHEN YOU REACHED DOWN AND GRABBED ME AND SAID IT IS OVER,PULLING ME OUT OF THIS WORLD INTO YOU AND TEACHING ME HOW TO STUDY YOUR WORD DAILY AND FOR YOUR PRESENCE EVERY MORNING. WHEN I OPEN THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER FOUND. THE BIBLE. THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT FOR TEACHING ME EACH DAY AND HELPING ME UNDERSTAND MY BIBLE. YOU ARE REALLY AMAZING. YOU KNOW I REALLY DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO READ TO COMPREHEND SOME OF THE WORDS IN THE BIBLE, AND I REMEMBER THE LORD SAYING KEVIN GO GET A DICTIONARY AND LOOK UP THE WORDS, I WILL TEACH YOU WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. SO I DID AND SOME OF THE WORDS THAT I THOUGHT I KNEW WAS TOTALLY OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE WOELD TEACHES. I AM SO THANKFUL THAT I HAVE FOUND MY HELPER, MY TEACHER, MY EVERYTHING. THE HOLY GHOST. HE HELPS ME WITH EVERYTHING. THANK YOU FOR MYNEW COAT. III LOVE YOU. BLESSINGS PASTOR FRANK AND PASTOR PARIS. I LOVE YOU TO. THANK YOU LORD FOR VICTORY….;) IF IT WAS FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TEACH ME HOW TO GET HOME, I DON’T THINK I WOULD HAVE EVER MADE IT. HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO READ, LOOK UP WORDS AND UNDERSTAND. NOT ANY SCHOOLS HERE II N THE WORLD AND ATILL LEARNING ANS HUNGRY. HALLELUJAH.

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