"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." (Gen. 28:15)
"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." (Gen. 28:17)
What a unique experience for Jacob to have such a divine visit from God. Jacob experienced both fear and awe upon awakening from his sleep, with the understanding that Luz should be appropriately renamed "Bethel" and that he did. He also took the stone which he used for a pillow and established a pillar and dedicated this place as a location where God had met with him and establish through Jacob the Abrahamic Covenant. God wants to do special things through Jacob. I can't help but think of how much God wants to use us. When a Christian is doing the work of the ministry he is not alone. I believe God is telling us the same thing when we are busy about doing His will. Just as much as He was with Jacob, He is with us. Just as much as Jacob enjoyed God in that special revelation, we can enjoy God in our daily devotions. There in our secret closet of prayer we can meet God! Also in church, we can know that we have a peice of Heaven here on earth, we are brought to the very gates of Heaven when we go to church.
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