The Seeker Is Sought
“The Seeker is Sought”
Background Genesis 28:1-9
God has a way of shaping the lives of His children even before they have entered into a
relationship with Him. Today, I am inclined to look at the life of Jacob because it is through this
biblical experience and my personal walk with God our church is named:
When observing Jacob’s story we see no evidence of his conversion before Genesis 28. In
Genesis 27:20 Jacob referred to God as the God of Abraham and of Isaac, using the phrase
“your God.” It is here in chapter 28 that Jacob affirmed, “The Lord will be my God (Gen.28:21).
Jacob appears to be on the road to Haran much as Saul of Tarsus made his way to Damascus
(Acts 9:1), religious but not related to God by a personal faith and commitment. Both Saul and
Jacob were stopped short by a vision which was to change the course of their lives. First, I want
us to look and examine three significant details to this change of course. They are (1) Jacob’s
farewell and Esau’s frustration, (2) Jacob’s departure and his dream and finally (3) Jacob’s
declaration. Now, let’s begin with the first one:
Jacob’s Farewell and Esau’s Frustration (28:1-9).
While the consequence for failure to pull off the deception of Isaac had been
carefully considered, neither Rebekah nor Jacob had weighed the cost of
success. Isaac had been deceived and mocked due to his age (27:12). Esau was
deeply resentful, looking forward to the time when he could kill his brother
(27:41). Due to the deception that was motivated by Rebekah now perceived
that Jacob would have to leave until emotions cooled, although she had no
conception of how long this separation must last. It was her that expedite the
plan which would lead Jacob to leave home to escape the passions of his
brother. Jacob was to spend time with his mother’s brother, Laban, far from
Esau. The final verse of chapter 27 describes the skillful manipulation leading
Jacob to be sent away to Haran.
II. Jacob’s Departure and His Dream (28:10-17).
On his journey, Jacob had with him only his walking cane (28:10) and his
thoughts. It would not seem difficult to speculate with fair accuracy as to what
these thought were about. Surely he must have considered the wisdom of his
actions in deceiving his father. He should have felt guilt at the thought of his
treatment of his only brother. And he undoubtedly grieved at having to leave
his mother. Whatever his thoughts must have been, I believe that Jacob was
finally at the end of himself. I believe that he came to realize that he would
never prosper on the basis of his schemes and trips. His self-assurance was
at a all time low. However This was the ideal time for God to break into his life,
for now Jacob knew how much he needed God in order to be blessed as his
father had been.
Night had seem to have overtaken Jacob before he arrived at the city of Luz. The
city gates would have been closed for the night, so Jacob, as shepherd did, slept
under the stars. He found a suitable spot, took a stone for a pillow and propped
himself up for the night. In his sleep however, he had an awe-inspiring vision.
He saw a ladder reaching from heaven to earth, with angels ascending and
descending upon it. Above this ladder was God, who spoke these words to him:
(13) “And, behold, the LORD stood about 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; (14) And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth,
and thou shalt spre