If the story of Jacob and Esau were to play out today, it would probably be splashed across the front page of every tabloid newspaper in the country. “Twin dresses as animal to swindle his brother.” “Woman wrangles money from husband.” “Man flees brother’s homicidal rage.”
These headlines sum up Jacob’s early dealings with Esau quite well. Inspired by Rebekah, his mother, Jacob deceived his father and defrauded his brother. Then he fled the scene to find safety with his mother’s family. But something happened to Jacob on his journey—something that put his life on a different trajectory and turned him into a revered patriarch and a hero for Jews and Christians alike.
Jacob’s Dream. On his journey from Beer-sheba to Haran, Jacob must have thought that everything was a disaster. He may have obtained his brother’s birthright, but at too great a cost. And now he was a fugitive. But then he spent the night in an ancient shrine in the town of Luz, and had a dream as he slept. In the dream, he saw a stairway leading right up to heaven. And…
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