Genesis 28

Jacob Is Sent Away

28 So Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and charged him, and said to him, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and from there take to yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother [The chosen family gives new meaning to the adage ‘a family that plays/prays together stays together!]. May God Almighty[El Shaddai] bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. May He also give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your descendants with you, that you may possess the land of your sojournings, which God[Elohim, a different member of the god family] gave to Abraham.” Then Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan-aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean[ Bethuel is a member of the Abe family, are they Arameans?], the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.

Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take to himself a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he charged him, saying, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,” and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother [I don’t hear the mother talking. Anyone hear her?] and had gone to Paddan-aram. So Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan displeased his father Isaac; and Esau went to Ishmael, and married, besides the wives[how many does he already have ?]  that he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth[ It can’t be gainsaid, there is a lot of inbreeding in this house!].

Jacob’s Dream

10 Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place. 12 He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God[Elohim] were ascending and descending

Jacob’s ladder

on it[by all means, this is an ambitious dream, if you allow me, for how tall would this ladder be? On a side note, what are the angels doing coming up and down?]. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord[YHWH], the God[Elohim] of your father Abraham and the God[Elohim] of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven[ Brothers and sisters, the bible or Torah has been used to justify the creation of Israel; a country that continues to this date to oppress the Palestinians. The reasons they give is this land was given them by god! Let us be objective, how can this claim be made with such veracity while it only happens in Jacob’s dream? If I may ask, lets for example say I dream that I own a Ferrari, do I wake up and claim ownership of one from any dealership? I guess not! Dreams are just dreams nothing more, nothing less! I think it’s time Palestine was recognized as an independent state and Israel became friendly to their neighbors. That would be a step towards world peace, don’t you think? ].”

18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top[ the oil will be washed away as soon as it rains. Reminds of the guy who drops his sword in the sea and marks his boat where the sword fell so he can come back and find the sword!]. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel [Beit- el]; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz [ why rename the place?. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God[Elohim] will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear, 21 and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the Lord[YHWH] will be my God[Elohim]. 22 This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s[Elohim] house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You[ This is the second mention of tithing 1/10th of your earnings for those who may have forgotten. It is also important to note at this point, Jacob puts conditions on what would make him believe in YHWH. I hear a variant of this prayer all the time; a guy prays “if you give us safe journey we will thank you”].”

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

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