‘Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.
17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:
22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Jacob set out on his journey to Harran. At a “certain place,” when the sun had set he stopped for the night. He lay down to sleep with a stone under his head. (I wonder if it grew cool there at night. Was some of the heat of the day left in that stone?)
While he slept, Jacob had a dream. In the dream he saw a stairway to heaven with angels of God walking up and down it. Above it stood the Lord. He promised Jacob so many descendants they would be like the dust of the earth and to Jacob and those descendants he promised the land on Jacob was then lying.
He told Jacob that through his offspring, all people on earth would be blessed. He also promised to watch over Jacob and be sure to bring him back to the land that was promised.
That promise is so beautiful to me. What joy Jacob must have experienced to know that the Lord was watching over him always. The most beautiful part is knowing that the Lord also watches over us and we too can have that assurance and joy; and it does seem that the more I study in God’s word, the more joyful I become.
After awakening with the message of the Lord in his memory, Jacob placed oil on the stone that had been his pillow. He vowed that if God would watch over him on his journey as promised, he would make the Lord his God and that where the stone was would be God’s house. He also promised God that of all that was given to him, he would give back a tenth.
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