What was Jacob’s dream? when he dreamt that dream? where? and why? what was the stone in the dream denotes to? what was his feeling about it?
(But the children struggled together within her, and she said, ‘ If all is well, why am I like this?’ so she went to inquire of the lord.) (Genesis25:22)
So, the struggle between Esau and Jacob began at this very moment, increasing after birth and getting more serious between Israel and Adom.
Some of the fathers of the church saw that this struggle is much like the struggle between the good and the evil inside the church’s guts.
The father Caesarius of Arles says: good people are wishing to overcome the evil ones, but the evil is longing to destroy them.
The wish of the righteousness is to fix the evil people, but the evil people are seeking their destruction.
Also, members of the universal church seeking for possessions and timely dignity is representing Esau. But the spiritual souls are to be understood in Jacob.
(And the Lord said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, two people shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.”) (Genesis25:23)
So, God uncovered to her the secret of this struggle, that she conceived two peoples. The younger will dominate the older spiritually, for that he was seeking the enjoyment of the godly divine blessings.
Origen Adamantiums says: (Each one of us is much like Rebekah, in that there are two entities struggling each other.)
(One is representing the entity that loves God and His commandment while the other is representing the bad one that loves the timely desires of the world.)
Esau sells his birthright
(But Jacob said “Sell me your birthright as of this day.) (Genesis25:31)
(So, he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.) (Genesis25:33)
Isaac blesses Jacob
(Then his father Isaac said to him, come near now and kiss me, my son.) (Genesis27:26)
(And he came near and kissed him, and he smelled the smell of his clothes, and blessed him and said:) (Genesis27:27)
(May God give you of the dew of heaven of the fatness of the earth.) (Genesis 27:28)
(Let peoples serve you, and nations bow to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you and blessed be those who bless you.) (Genesis27:29)
Jacob escapes from Esau
(So, she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, “Surely your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you.) (Genesis27:42)
(So, Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Padan Aram.) (Genesis28:5)
(Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran.) (Genesis28:10)
(So, he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun has set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep.) (Genesis28:11)
Saint Jerome says: (The stone under his head was the Christ, since he became his Saviour at the time, he escaped from his persecutor).
(Perhaps, he did not feel this feeling in the cushion in his home between his parents. But finally, he found his rest in that stone which represented the great Saviour the Christ in our lives.)
(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.) (Genesis28:12)
Father Caesarius of Arles says: (The ladder is the cross of Jesus Christ that we rise through to enjoy heavens.)
Also, Saint Jerome encourages us to rise in that ladder from a degree to the higher one.
Father Caesarius of Arles reasoning the timing of this vision in his way saying: (That happened in the way before meeting his wife as, Jesus was risen in the cross before forming the church sacrificing his blood for her as a Mahr for the kingdom of heavens.)
Tawfik, S. (2022). Jacob’s wonderful dream. www.orthodox-beliefs.com
Source is THE HOLY BIBLE NKJV. Arabic New van Dyck text C. The Bible Society of Egypt. Fifth Edition Third print2019.ISBN 978-1-84364-188-9. Printed in China.
Reference: Genesis Book for Egyptian priest Father Tadros Jakob Malti.