Genesis Lesson 18 Day 5

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Genesis 28:16-22

Jacob worships God and names the place Bethel (house of God).

12) Surely the Lord is in this place. . .

Jacob encountered the Lord there because he reached the place called the end of himself. As we discussed in the previous lesson, Jacob left behind the comforts of home, his mother, and Esau’s threat. While alone in the dark wilderness, he thinks he accidentally stumbled upon a portal to heaven.

I’m not ruling out the fact that God may have chosen that place as sacred, since God met with Moses on Mt. Sinai, the same holy ground area as the burning bush, and chose the land He gave to Israel and Jerusalem to be their inheritance forever. There’s also Moravian Falls where the Moravians continued their legacy of 24 hour prayer and worship for over 100 years. Many ministries established their home bases there because they feel a special closeness to the Lord.

But I digress. Jacob didn’t realize as David did, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7)

He didn’t realize that if the presence of the LORD was not with him in every place, then God could never fulfill His promise to him.1

Nevertheless, Jacob is amazed by the Lord’s glorious presence, named it Bethel, the house of God. God later identified Himself as the God of Bethel. (Genesis 31:13) “Among the cities of Israel, it is second only to Jerusalem in the number of times mentioned in the Old Testament.”1

13) Encountering God

Personally, I encounter the tangible presence of God most powerfully in times of corporate worship and sharing with other zealous believers.

14) Learning to choose to trust the Lord in any and every circumstance.

“In any and every circumstance,” Paul said, “I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” (Philippians 4:12)

Not just about provision, but other circumstances like frequent interruptions and distractions that happen in everyday life frustrate me. Instead, I want to be able to say, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)

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