35 But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”
I am always amazed, though I know that I shouldn’t be, at the deceitfulness of man. And what is even more amazing to me, is that God still loves and desires to use us. It speaks loudly of the incredible love and forbearance of our God.
12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
This is a very cool picture of Jesus. He is the bridge that enables us to go from a sinful state and sinful world into the presence of s holy and sinless God. Jesus said that He was that Ladder (John 1:51). He is the only Mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5).
3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “ I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Jesus wants to cleanse the world of a disease much greater than leprosy. He wants to cleanse the world of sin, a disease which leads to a spiritual death, a death which is eternal. He is the only one who can heal such a disease. I pray that God might use me as such an instrument to bring this eternal healing to others.
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
The same Jesus who spoke the world into existence is the same Jesus who speaks healing into our lives; physical, emotional and spiritual.
26 But He said to them, “ Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
I remember reading this for the first time as a Christian, over thirty years ago. It stirred my heart deeply then, and it stirs my heart in the same manner all these years later. We can trust a Savior who can command the winds and the sea to obey. If he can calm physical storms of nature, any storm we go through is no problem for Him! Do you believe that?