William Blake’s Jacob’s Ladder

William_blake_jacobs_ladder “Jacob’s Ladder” by William Blake.

It’s inspired by Genesis 28:10-16 which reads: Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

Ever had a dream that just blows you away? What happened next?

2 Comments

  1. Been away for awhile due to continued convalescence, maintaining full-time job, and a week up in Queensland sorting some family affairs (my half-brother is my only older relative in the country, so you wouldn’t think there was a lot involved… however, he has been seriously ill, but now miraculously recovered and in quite astonishingly, happily placed in Aged Care due to his advanced Dementia).
    Re this painting:
    The only other place in the Bible I am aware of that mentions Angels ascending and descending from Heaven is John 1: 45-51 where Jesus, describes Nathanael as a man of “no guile” and upon his confession of Jesus being Son of God and King of Israel, and said that his followers would “see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” Amplified Bible © 1954,1958,1962,1964,1965,1987, by the Lockman Foundation
    It strikes me that in the Jacob story, Jacob was known as a “deceiver” and in the Nathanael story hundreds of years later, Nathanael was praised as a very honest man, but they both had access to something of a glorious dream/vision experience…

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