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Friday, June 16, 2006

Genesis 28:10-22

Relax, Read and Reflect
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Jacob's Dream at Bethel
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. 11 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. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway [
a] resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it [b] 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. 14 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. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it." 17 He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven."
18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel, [
c] though the city used to be called Luz.
20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD [
d] will be my God 22 and [e] this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth."
Footnotes:
Genesis 28:12 Or ladder
Genesis 28:13 Or There beside him
Genesis 28:19 Bethel means house of God.
Genesis 28:21 Or Since God ? father's house, the LORD
Genesis 28:22 Or house, and the LORD will be my God, 22 then
Sometimes God uses a dream to get our attention. Jacob had been caught up in excitement, deceit, and a quick escape. His attention was off God. After he had his dream and saw all the angels climbing "Jacob’s Ladder," he was back in focus.
God had always promised that Jacob would be the patriarch of the line of Isaac and Abraham. Jacob got a little restless and tried to speed God up, and bad things happened. Now he realized that God was with him. WE do the same, usually with the same results. The good news is that God is with us as well.
Prayer- Dear Lord, Thank you for always being with us. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do- Read Genesis 29:1-13

1 Comments:

Blogger Chad Mc said...

So, does this mean that all dreams are gateways to enlightenment, as some hippies would put it? That we should pay attention and analyse all our dreams because they are the answers to our questions.

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