Verse of the Day Devotion: Genesis 28:14
“Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” – Genesis 28:14
Here is another prophecy from the Old Testament which speaks of the coming Messiah. Jacob has just departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. He had traveled quite a distance and the sun had set and he decided to stop for the night in order to refresh himself before he completed the trip the next day. So, he took a rock and laid down, putting it under his head as a pillow.
“He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” Genesis 28:12. This is an interesting dream. What he saw was a ladder that connected the heavens with the earth at the place he was. And on this ladder were angels; some ascending back into heaven and others descending to the earth. This is a picture of angels coming down and doing God’s work down here, and then ascending back upon completion. This reminds me of a verse in Hebrews which speaks of the angels, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?”. Hebrews 1:14.
Then Jacob sees the Lord, standing above this ladder on which the angels were ascending and descending, and declares to him the following, “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.” Genesis 28:13b. He first tells Jacob who He is; the God of Abraham his grandfather, and of Isaac his father. It was very important that Jacob knew who He was because He was prophesying about near and far future events. The near event is that He would give to Jacob and his descendants the land on which he was sleeping. This would be the promised land which God spoke of to Abraham. He confirmed to Jacob what He had promised to his grandfather.
Then God addresses the far event, “our descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 28:14. Here God is saying that Jacobs descendants will be as the dust of the earth. In other words, they will be so many that it will beyond the ability to count. These descendants will spread out all over the world, going to the north and the south, to the east and the west. But here is the defining part of this verse, ‘and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” There will come from him, through the line of David, someone through whom all the families of the earth will be blessed. They will spread throughout the world, via the disciples of this coming Messiah whose name is Jesus, the good news of the reconciliation of men with God, through the sacrifice of Jesus.
And we as Christians are the disciples of Christ who are to spread the Word of Christ. Jesus was the one prophesied through whom all the families of the earth would be blessed. And it is through us that the good news will be spread through a world that does not know Him. Notice the phrase, ‘shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 28:14b. Paul lays out how they will hear the word. “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” Romans 10:14-15. We are those who are called to tell the world.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.