​​​​​​​July 19, 2020 ~ Dreams and Divine Revelation

Readings for Sunday, July 19, 2020

Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Dreams and Divine Revelation:

          The passage from Genesis 28:10-19a tells of God appearing to Jacob in a dream as he is en route from Beer Sheba to Haran. Jacob has left Beer Sheba in order to escape his brother Esau’s wrath for having stolen his birthright (Genesis 25:29-34) and the blessing (Genesis 27:1-40) belonging to Esau as Isaac’s firstborn.

          Mid-journey, at a site chosen because of nightfall, Jacob has an extraordinary dream that changes his life. His dream discloses the hidden yet active presence of God at this chance stop along the way. God’s ongoing engagement in the world and in Jacob’s disrupted life is portrayed through a striking vision of stairs reaching from earth to heaven. 

The Old Testament scriptures narrate Israel’s historic covenant relationship with God. It is a story of divine revelation and human response. Frequently dreams serve as the medium for divine revelation. The dreams of priests and kings had special significance. The Old Testament, however, has no clear example of this kind of revelation being sought intentionally. Usually, the revelation comes at God’s initiative, as it does for Jacob, who responds: “Surely the Lord is in this place” (Genesis 28:16).

Source:       www.workingpreacher.org


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