Today's reading is Genesis 27-28. In today's reading we get to see even more of Jacob's character, as he takes the advice of hs mother to deceive his father and steal his brother's blessing.
I read a comment by someone elsewhere that said, "This is the family God is going to save the world through???" It made me laugh, but at the same time I love it because it is SO true! It's good to read of these events and people in the Bible, flawed though these people maybe, and know that the same God that used them can also use me!
After Jacob steals his brother's blessing, Esau is ready to kill him. So Jacob flees to the land of Haran, where Rebekah's family is, to stay with Rebekah's brother and perhaps find a wife from among his daughters. (He eventually finds one, but gets a taste of his own medicine and...but that's tomorrow's blog!)
On the way there he stopped at night to sleep and had a dream of a stairway into heaven, with angels asending and desending. There God yet again confirmed his covenant, this time with Jacob. His promises to Jacob were sixfold:
1. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.
2. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth.
3. You will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south.
4. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.
5. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. 6. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
What a blessing!
When Jacob awoke the next morning, he did something that we see done often, especially in the Old Testament. He took the stone he had been sleeping on, turned it up as a pillar, poured oil on it, and he called that place Bethel ("house of God"), believing without a doubt that the Lord was in that place.
Often times, sometimes of his/her own accord, or sometimes according to God's instructions, we see a person in the Old Testament make a memorial to something the Lord has done, as a physical reminder of the power of God. I'm in the middle of writing what will likely be a 4-part series of reminders/remembrance in the Bible...
...how it seems to be so important to God...
...so how it must be so important for us to watch when God does something in our lives, to take notice, and to remember!