The Dreams of Jacob
Jacob 1: Jacob's Pillow
Darius Milhaud 1892–1974
The Dreams of Jacob
by Wolfgang Schweizer
Acrylics, Pens And Real Gold On Canvas
The Bible: "Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. 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." (Genesis 28:10-15)
One of the most well-known stories of the Bible is Jacob's "stairway to heaven" dream (also known as "Jacob's ladder"). It occurred while Jacob was fleeing the wrath of Esau, his brother. Esau was the older, and therefore would have been foremost in line for their father Isaac's inheritance. Esau however did not place great value upon his right, at least until it was too late. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for that famous bowl of stew, and after having done so, he actually despised it (Genesis 25:27-34).
Later, Jacob deceived his father into giving him the blessing as well. (Genesis 27:1-40) Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau, had taken part in Jacob's misleading scheme to obtain the blessing (Genesis 27:5-10), and after the deed was done, it was she who sent Jacob away to live with her brother Laban (where he married his cousins Rachel and Leah, and had the 12 sons from whom came the 12 tribes of Israel) to keep Esau from killing him. That's why he was traveling near Bethel (just north of Jerusalem in what is today the "West Bank" area - see map) where the stairway dream took place.
~ Wolfgang Schweizer