In Season:: Jacob's "Ladder" and the Condenscension of God in Genesis 28:10-22
Our response to this undeserved, unearned grace should be one of euphoric gratitude and the kind of "good works" that mark a justified person, which is exactly what Jacob displays.
Two years ago I preached a message entitled "Christmas at Bethel." I recall the furrowed brows this title elicited in the weeks leading up to the sermon when people inquired about my approaching sermon topic. Imagine how they would have responded to the title "Christmas at Luz"! My purpose here is to share some of the exegetical points that informed this sermon with the goal of emphasizing an important and foundational Christian teaching that does not always receive the attention it deserves: the condescension of God.
The condescension of God addresses the almost ...