Let’s dive into a familiar story. It comes from Genesis 28.
Jacob is on his way to find a wife. He comes to a place to rest, and chooses a stone for a pillow. While he is sleeping, he dreams.
A stairway resting on the earth with its top reaching to heaven. Angels ascending and descending. There above the stairway stands the Lord. The Lord tells Jacob that all of humanity will be blessed by his offspring.
Jacob wakes up with the dream still alive and beating in his heart. He says, “This place is none other than the House of God, the Gate of Heaven.”
He takes the stone he laid his head on and sets it up as pillar, then he anoints the stone with oil. He calls this place Bethel, meaning the “House of God”
Did anything seem odd about that to you? What is up with that stone? Let’s try something...go back and read the previous paragraph again, but this time, whenever you read stone, imagine Jesus.
Done? Have you picked yourself up off the floor and wiped the tears from your eyes?!
Jesus is... the Cornerstone
Jesus is...a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame. He is the stone the builders rejected who has become the cornerstone. He is a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. (1 Peter 2)
Jesus is...the only way, truth, and life, the only reconciliation to God, the only stairway connecting heaven to earth.
Jesus is...the earthly dwelling of God. He calls Himself the Temple of God (John 2:19). He is the house of God.
Jesus is...the Savior of the world, and the blessing to all human kind that was promised to Jacob.
Jesus is... the Anointed One
Let this sink in: this encounter at Bethel in Genesis 28 is actually the FIRST time the Bible talks about anointing.
Sacrifice and oaths are a common topic up to this point, but not anointing. Anointing would later be reserved for Priests, and Kings, and Prophets, and guests of honor on special occasions, but the very first anointing we see in scripture is...a Stone.
Long before the baby was born, the Stone was anointed, uniquely appointed to reconcile heaven and earth. The Lord’s promise to Jacob rings out, “I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15)
Make it Yours
God’s word is layered with metaphors, yet it's so accessible if we just spend time in it.
Every word is there on purpose.
If you notice an odd little detail, that’s a clue to investigate. Sometimes all you need to do is ask a question and see where the answer leads you.
Here are a couple jumping off points for you to dive deep in the Word.
- Jesus as a Stone: Why is a stone is a great metaphor for Jesus?
- Anointing: Why oil? Why is it poured over the head?
- Temple: Why does the Bible move from a Tabernacle in the Old Testament to “You are the temple of the most holy God” in 1 Corinthians 3?
Becca and Julie
Wonders (featured in Black Heather)
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5:9