As you look at Jacob in the context of the story, how would you describe his spiritual, moral, social and economic state at this point of his life? Despite his complete lack of worthiness, the Lord meets him in his sorry state and binds himself to Jacob and gives him some fantastic promises. What does this tell us about the character of our Lord? How have you seen Him respond to you in similar ways?
What fears and worries about the future do you think Jacob was facing as he left home and set out for Haran? In verse 15, God promises to be with Jacob, to protect him wherever he goes, to bring him eventually to his inheritance, and to never leave him. If these are legit promises, what did Jacob have to worry about? All of these promises are given to us as Christians in the New Testament as well! Is it reasonable for us to spend a lot of emotional energy being “concerned” (a Christian euphemism for worry!) about what is going to happen to us in the future?
According to most “spiritual” people (and even those who are agnostic about God), if there is a gate to heaven, what will open that gate for us? According to John 1:51, Jesus is the “stairway from heaven” on which the angels ascend and descend. How does Jesus interpret this story and what does that tell us about how we can “ascend” to experience the presence of God?