Understanding the Scriptures
|Charged (vv. 1, 6)||Commanded|
|Lighted upon (v. 11)||Came to|
|Ascending (v. 12)||Going up|
|Descending (v. 12)||Going down|
|Keep (v. 15)||Watch over and bless|
|Dreadful (v. 17)||Holy|
|Pillar (vv. 18, 22)||Altar|
Genesis 28:10–28—Jacob at Bethel
We are not exactly sure what the ladder looked like in Jacob’s dream. In any case, the ladder symbolizes “stepping up” into heaven through means provided by God and administered by His servants (angels).
Elder Marion G. Romney taught that the steps on the ladder represent covenants we make with God that bring us closer to Him. He also said, “Temples are to us all what Bethel was to Jacob” (“Temples—the Gates to Heaven,” Ensign, Mar. 1971, 16). Temples are “mountains of the Lord” where we go to lift ourselves above the things of this world, draw nearer to God and heaven, and learn how to enter His presence eternally. The ordinances we receive in the temple are essential to our exaltation; thus, the temple is the “gate” to God and eternal life.
Studying the Scriptures
Do one of the following activities (A–B) as you study Genesis 28.
Identify the Promises
Isaac promised Jacob
(see vv. 3–4)
The Lord promised Jacob
(see vv. 13–15)
Jacob promised the Lord
(see vv. 20–22)
In Genesis 28, Isaac promised Jacob certain blessings, the Lord promised Jacob certain blessings, and Jacob promised the Lord he would do certain things. Identify the promises in this chapter and put them in a chart similar to the one shown.
Draw Your Ladder to Heaven
Draw a ladder in your notebook. Label the rungs or steps with ordinances you must receive and covenants you must make with God in order to obtain eternal life.
Show your drawing to your parents or Church leaders to see if you have left anything out.
Write about what you are doing in your life right now to obtain these covenants or what you are doing to be worthy of the blessings of the covenants you have already entered into.
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