Do you really see God’s gift?
Genesis 28-29/Matthew 23-24
28:13-18 At the top of the stairway stood the LORD, and he said, “I am the LORD, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I will give it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will cover the land from east to west and from north to south. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. I will someday bring you safely back to this land. I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised.” Then Jacob woke up and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God–the gateway to heaven!” The next morning he got up very early. He took the stone he had used as a pillow and set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it.
23:37-39 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. And now look, your house is left to you, empty and desolate. For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, `Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”’
OT Flash Points
Jacob becomes the owner of the promise but seems to misunderstand, focusing on things & symbols rather than the LORD
NT Flash Points
The descendants of Jacob are still misunderstanding
The judgment is at the door
They will kill their final prophet
The indescribable illustrated
That is Jesus, the Word made flesh
The glory of God, our hope of glory
23:12 Those who exalt themselves will be humbled
Our obedience will cost others more than us
Obey and leave the consequences to Him