A Side Note: There seems to be no clear teaching against polygamy in the Bible, other
than illustrating its consequences.
- Genesis 27 - Esau's Hittite wives caused problems in the family (because of their pagan
culture and anti-God attitude).
- Many heroes of the Old Testament had more than one wife, plus concubines.
- Genesis 2:24 - (Quoted by Jesus) "...leave father and mother and cleave to his wife" says that
the realtionship with a man's wife is more important than his relationship to his parents".
Jacob's Ladder (or stairway) Genesis 28:
- Jacob experienced God's presence, so named the place Beth (house) of El (God).
- The Stairway is a type (illustration) of Jesus: The connection between Heaven
and earth. John 1:51 (Jesus speaking) - "I tell you the truth, you shall see Heaven open, and
the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
Jacob's vow - Genesis 28
- A vow is a promise to do something in our own strength -- usually unwise.
- Jacob's vow was conditional: the ultimate form of legalism. "God, if you'll do such and such,
then I'll do you a favor and follow you".
Jacob "smitten", in love with Rachel
- God balances the scales
- The "supplanter" is supplanted over the same issue: the Birthright. (It was Leah's birthright
as the older sister to be married before Rachel).