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December 9 2018
Genesis 28:10-22 (HCSB)
Jacob was on the run for his life. Esau’s threats to kill him were not idle words (Gen. 27:41). He was exhausted and stopped for the night. He used a stone for a pillow and lay down to sleep (Gen. 28:11). Jacob probably gave no thought to the fact that he was in the very area where his grandfather Abraham had pitched his tent built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord (Gen. 12:8). As Jacob gazed into the night sky and saw the countless shining stars he probably didn’t think about God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky (Gen. 26:4).
Jacob had a dream which was a direct revelation from God. Jacob saw a ladder resting on the earth with its top reaching heaven (Gen. 28:12). This represented the place where heaven and earth touch access to God. He saw angels ascending and descending the ladder. God wanted Jacob to know that He was accessible and wanted to make direct contact with him.
Above the ladder stood the Lord (Gen. 28:13).
God wanted Jacob to know Who He was and what He would do. He repeated the Abrahamic covenant and gave a promise of His presence. Jacob awakened and realized he had been in the presence of God (Gen. 28:16-19). As an act of worship he set a marker consecrated it with oil and named the place Bethel which means “house of God” (Gen. 28:19).
In this dark and lonely time in Jacob’s life God chose to reveal Himself. God chooses unique times in our lives because that is when we are more teachable and ready to listen to His message. Although we often feel like we are alone and have been abandoned we are never alone; God is always with us. God reveals His presence and His purpose to those He chooses giving them purpose in the process.