Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors]

done this before. We must please God and man. If all the world smile up of you and God is angry, you cannot be happy. The prosperity of the wicked is cursed.

1. Notice the PLACE where JACOB had this DREAM.

Jacob went towards Haran, which was more than 400 miles from his father's tent. We see him journeying alone without a single servant to attend him. No horse to ride, in order to lessen the fatigues of his journey. No camels, though his father no doubt had camels. He travelled all the way on foot. He fled as it were for his life, and the time of his de

parture as well as the path he took, were no doubt carefully concealed from Esau, though by. some means or other he heard of the object of his journey. It appears that he travelled about 40 miles the first day, for it is supposed tbat he had this dream the first night. He came to a certain place and tarried there all night, because the sun was set. It is said to have, been a city, but it is supposed that Jacob did not enter the city, but lay in some shady. place in the suburbs of the city. Sleeping in the open air and under the shade of trees is

very

9

very common in Bengal. And he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. Jacob had but poor accommodations, the cold ground to lay on, the cold stones for his pil low, and the cold air to sle. p in, but sleeping in the open air in this hot country is not so dangerous as in a cold one. We see h re a picture of the manners of the country and the times in which Jacob lived. He was a plain man, and he could eudure fatigue; all this was no hardship to Jacob. God took care of Jacob, though he lay exposed in the open air.

“ His będ was earth, his raised pillow stones, « On which poor Jacob rests his head and bones. “ Heaven was his canopy, the shades of night “ Were his drawn curtains to seclude the light, “ There God appear'd, that was his joy, his

crown, * God is not always seen on beds of down. « Oh! if that God would please to make my

bed, " I care not where I rest my weary head; * With thee my wants can never be extreme, * With Jacob's pillow give me Jacob's dream."*

Let

* These lines were taken from the Sampler of a young lady at Salisbury. Wilts, ENGLAND

Let me tell you,

II. JACOB'S DREAM.

« And he dreamed and behold a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the Angels of God ascending and descending on it. And behold the Lord stood above 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. And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west and to the east, and to the north and to the south, and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.' And behold I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest; and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of."

This was a very remarkable and extraordinary dream, and almost every part of it is introduced with the word Behold! This is an interjection which commands attention. Do you hear this, all you who are inattentive, careless

äud

[ocr errors]

and half asleep. Awake! Awake.! Behold! Behold!

1. What. Jacob SAW.

He saw a ladder which reached from earth to heaven, angels ascending and descending, God at the top or head of this ladder. What a wonderful sight! The ladder represented the Providence of God, by which there is a continual intercourse or communication between heaven and earth. The counsels and works of God are executed on earth, and all that is done on earth is known in heaven. This ladder also points out to us that God does his work gradually. The designs of God in his providence are accomplished step by step, and not all at once. Angels are enrployed by God in executing the designs of God. They are active spirits and rest not day nor night, continually descending to execute the commands of God on earth, and as. cending to bear a report of what they have done, and to receive new orders from the Al mighty God, who is represented as being at the upper end of the ladder, directing and gaverning all their motions. The wisdom of God is seen in the manner in which he governs

the

the world and rules over the inhabitants of the earth. This ladder also represents the media tion of Jesus Christ, through whoin we have access by ope Spirit to the Father. For there is one Mediator between God and Man, the Man Christ Jesus. Christ is the way, all God's blessings come to us through Christ, and all our services must go to him through Christ. We must offer up our prayers and seek for pardon in his name. All the kind offices which Angels perforna are all owing to the Lord Jesus Christ. This vision must have been Yery comforting to Jacob's mind, to find that he was under the care and protection of his father's God, and that the Angels were his guard. He had a sight, a short and pleasing sight of that glory which was to be accomplished in his children's children.

2. What Jacob HEARD.

Jacob beard God speaking from the top of the ladder-Confirming and enlarging the blessing of his father, giving new promises, very precious, full of consolation and enconragement. Jacob had lately acted a very bad part, and it he was sensible of it he must have been very unhappy. He cannot feel that. C 2

peace

« AnteriorContinuar »