By: Ely Lagajino
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9 (NKJV)
Rebekah tells her husband to secretly send Jacob to Haran to look for a bride. Isaac, now believing in God’s message, performs a repeat blessing ceremony in Jacob’s name. (PP p. 181)
Jacob has no time to dig in advance any gold inheritance deposited under their tent and forgets to pack anything for fear that Esau may return. He leaves his parent’s a deserter walking for more than a hundred miles away from home, avoiding people on the way for fear that his angry brother may trace him.
Jacob realizes that he needs God’s protection. He humbles himself and confesses to God his sin and is willing to accept the Savior, and the Lord God does not abandon him.
At night Jacob rests on a hilly place and uses a stone for a pillow. He dreams, seeing a shining ladder from the earth leading up to heaven. The angels are coming down and continuously traveling up and down. At the top of the ladder, he sees Jesus Christ standing. Jacob hears a voice, “I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac. The land will be yours and your children after you. I will take care of you and will bring you again to this land.” The promised blessing is renewed to Jacob. (Genesis 27:1-46)
God partly reveals to Jacob the plan of redemption. “The ladder represents Jesus, the appointed medium of communication. Christ connects man in his weakness with the source of infinite power” (PP p.184).
Jacob awakes and says, “Surely the Lord is in this place” (PP p.184). It is the gate going to heaven.” Then he sets the stone pillow as a memorial pillar of God’s mercy. He calls the place Bethel or the “house of the Lord.” Jacob promises to give the tenth of God’s blessing he would receive.
Today, Bethel in a vital city just north of Jerusalem. Originally, called Luz. Now, they call it Baytin.