Have you ever stopped to consider what the ladder in Jacob's dream in Genesis 28:12 really represents? I know. I bet you were lying awake just last night thinking about it. :) Well, when I heard what I'm about to share with you in a bible study last week, I thought it was too cool not to share. Here we go!
In Genesis 28 we find the place where Jacob has his first real and personal encounter with God Almighty. Look at Genesis 28:12:
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Note that the ladder was setting upon the ground. Its purposes were that of connection and access from earth to heaven. This is important, and I don't think Jacob would have been dreaming of an aluminum ladder either! Fast forward in your Bibles with me to John 1:51 where Jesus says to Nathaneal
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
Compare John 1:51 with Genesis 28:12. Can you see that the ladder in Jacob's vision was a foreshadowing of the "Ladder" we use now to connect with God in heaven - Jesus? Isn't that cool? Can you see now the importance of the wooden (not aluminum) ladder stuck on the ground? Could the ladder represent the cross that was stuck in the ground with our Savior dying on it?
Without Jesus, we would have no access to heaven at all. Jesus says in John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Do you know Jesus personally? Unless you do, you cannot have ladder access. Click here to find out how to know Him.