Monday, June 21, 2010

Jacob Erects a Pillar at Bethel -- Genesis 35:14-15

And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He had spoken with him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a libation on it; he also poured oil on it. So Jacob named the place where God had spoken with him, Bethel.

This was another momentous occasion -- God coming down to speak with Jacob. There was no option but to build a memorial at the site. You will remember back in Genesis 28:18 after God had appeared to Jacob in a dream, Jacob had set up a pillar to God using the stone on which he had laid his head that night of the dream. Given his humble state, having left his father’s home in fear because of what he had done to his brother Esau, this simple pillar was acceptable. However, now after he had become so successful over the years, he now erected a more solid edifice that would have a more permanent nature.

We are told that he also poured some oil and some form of a drink on it in memory of his communication with God there. He did want this place to become known as the ‘house of God’ and thus he called it ‘Bethel’.

Has God spoken with you lately? Do you know where it was? Have you somehow made a memorial there to commemorate that occasion? We need to. We need to highlight for ourselves, and for our children, these significant times in our lives. So that they and the world might now that the Lord Almighty is indeed our God.
demonstrate His ongoing love for me.

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