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Critical Thinking and Spiritual Reasoning

Satan Wants You To Know (Message #5)


Jacob's Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder

The ladder or stairway that Jacob sees in his dream (Genesis 28:13-15) is the passageway between heaven and earth. The comparable word in Akkadian is used in Mesopotamian mythology to describe what the messenger of the gods uses when he wants to pass from one realm to another. It is this mythological staircase that the Babylonians sought to represent in the architecture of the ziggurats. These had been built to provide a way for the deity to descend to the temple and the town.

Jacob’s background would have given him familiarity with with this concept, and thus he would conclude that it was a sacred spot where there was a portal opened between worlds. Though he sees the stairway in his dreams, and the messengers (angels) are using it to pass between realms (embarking on and returning from missions, not a procession or parade), the Lord is not portrayed as having used it, but as standing beside it (this is the proper translation of the Hebrew idiom).

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: The Old Testament

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October 6, 2010 - Posted by | Education, Satan Wants You To Know | , , , , , ,

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