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Meditations

Join us as we journey through the 2022 Lenten Season. Between March 2nd and April 17th, we will Fast and Pray every Wednesday. The fasting period will begin at 12 am and end at 6 pm. During this period we will collectively pray at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm using the morning conference line (518-351-9376). You may only consume water or 100% juice during this period. Note: If you take medication and require food, please eat a light meal if possible. We will not be fasting Thursdays through Tuesdays, but we will still collectively pray at 6 am. We encourage you to give up something as a sacrifice to God during this journey. Mediations will be posted daily to our website and FaceBook page. When you feel like giving up, think of Jesus' sacrifice for us, and let that be your motivation through this period.

“We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” by unknown

by Dr. Zelda Robinson on March 7, 2022

The book of Genesis tells the story of Jacob’s dream about a ladder that extends to heaven. Imagine that if you will. Being able to see stairs that lead from earth to heaven, with angels going up and down. I can recall a time looking at the sky and seeing what appeared to be a stairwell that pieced through the clouds. As I looked at the divine picture before me, I could imagine what Jacob may have felt as he watched angelic host going up to the Father and coming back down.

This hymn is traced back to a culture that existed at least two centuries ago, to the African American slave period. The song draws a picture of an upward struggle to reach a better life. Unlike today where people are often looking for way to climb the ladder of success, only to find that the ladder can slip out from under you, the message in the song is about more than material gains.

Jacob was a schemer, who tricked his brother Esau out of his birthright. Afraid Esau would kill him, Jacob escaped to live with his uncle Laban. While he was out in the wilderness, he fell asleep and began to dream. In his dream, Jacob saw a ladder set up on earth, that extended to heaven. On the ladder the angels of God were ascending and descending on it and the LORD stood above it. This is Jacob’s first personal encounter with God. It parallels the “Yahweh theophany” that Abraham received. Just as the LORD had said to Abraham, He now promises Jacob. The promise was to give him and his descendants the land Jacob was laying on and to multiply his offspring, they will “be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out.” The LORD also promised to be with Jacob and to keep him. He promised to not to leave Jacob until everything He promised was done.

The hymn, as well as the story, show the providential care of God and the opportunity man has for continuous communication with God. It is a blessing to know we have a God who welcomes communication with Him. While the angels are at work carrying on His bidding both day and night, descending to carry out their errands throughout the earth and ascending to bring back their reports, God is standing right there. He is working in our circumstances, one step at a time.

There is a line in the hymn that says: “Every rung goes, higher and higher.” As we go through the Lenten season, each day is a rung which leads us higher and higher, binging us closer and closer to the LORD. Each ‘rung,’ the crosspiece of a ladder, leads to the next level.

The story and the hymn about Jacob’s ladder serve as a powerful reminder that God always standing at the top, even when we cannot see Him. God in his infinite wisdom, is above all, directing all, and bringing everything in line with His purpose, for His greater glory.

This story also proves God has a future for all who acknowledge Him as God. He promised to fulfill His word as given to Abraham and Isaac. This promise would not be limited to just Jacob’s descendants, but they would be the means of blessings to all mankind. This is the powerful promise of salvation, manifested in Christ Jesus. Through Jacob’s offspring comes Judah, Ram, Salmon, and Jesse the father of David. From the line of David comes Jesus, the Way to salvation, offered to ALL who believe! Jesus is our ladder to the Father, our bridge between heaven and earth.

We are climbing Jacob’s ladder, We are climbing Jacob’s ladder,
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder, Soldiers of the cross.

Ev'ry round goes higher, higher, Ev'ry round goes higher, higher,
Ev'ry round goes higher, higher, Soldiers of the cross.

Children, do you love my Jesus? Children, do you love my Jesus?
Children, do you love my Jesus? Soldiers of the cross.

If you love him, why not serve him? If you love him, why not serve him?
If you love him, why not serve him? Soldiers of the cross.

Rise, shine, give God glory, Rise, shine, give God glory,
Rise, shine, give God glory, Soldiers of the cross.

50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.” John 1:50-51

12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.” Genesis 28:12-15

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