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Jacob Lesson 1 – The God Of Bethel

(Read Genesis 28:10-22)

Discussion points

  1. Jacob obeyed his mother and left Beersheba for Haran as instructed. (verse 10)
  2. For every one of God’s covenant children, there is a place that God has commanded our blessings. Experiencing the blessing of God meant being in the right place at the right time. (verse 11)
  3. Angels are always on guard to minister to the need of a Christian. (verse 12)
  4. Jacob had no doubt heard about the great God who appeared to Abraham and to Isaac, but now this same God met Jacob in a personal way. This was a life-changing experience for Jacob. (Verse 13)
  5. God appeared to Jacob through a dream and introduced himself to him as the God of his fathers. He reaffirms the covenant promises to Jacob – The promise of divine Protection, Divine presence, Divine Provision and divine peace. (v13-v15)
  6. God assured Jacob of his presence throughout his journey until all his promises have been fulfilled in his life (verse 15)
  7. God is omnipresent, he is everywhere. V16
  8. After a divine encounter with the Almighty God, Jacob like his forefathers, built an altar to the God of Bethel as a memorial. (verses 17-19)
  9. Jacob’s response to God’s Promises was conditional because he did not trust God enough to do all he has promised to do for him on this journey. (verses 20-21)
  10. Jacob made a vow to God to return to Bethel with a tithe of all his blessings. When we tithe, we please God and his blessings are upon us. The tithe is important because most people worship money, and God wants us to give up the things we worship. This was Jacob making an agreement with God here. (verse 22)

Summary

A Divine Encounter

  1. It does not matter how far away from home a Christian goes; God will always be with him/her. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Psalm 46:1
  2. God speaks to his children through dreams not only in the past but even now, if we will listen. Dreams are just another way to know God’s will in our lives. (Acts 2:17)
  3. God spoke to Jacob for the very first time. These words were for comfort and hope to Jacob at this critical crossroads in his life. Essentially, God repeated to Jacob the terms of the covenant he gave to both Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3) and to Isaac (Genesis 26:2-5).
  4. Before now, Isaac had told Jacob the covenant was his (Genesis 28:3-4), but now the voice of God Himself confirmed it. God promised him land, a nation (your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth), and a blessing (in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed).
  5. When God makes a promise, it is forever. He reiterated the promises he made to Abraham, then Isaac and now Jacob. God never changes his plan. God gave to Jacob the same kind of promise found in Philippians 1:6being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. God won’t let us go until his work is complete in us.
  6. Angels are always on assignment concerning every Christian to help them along their way to destiny. (Psalm 34:7)
  7. Jacob was right in sensing the presence of the LORD in Bethel because he enjoyed open heavens with visible Glory – Isaiah 64:1, If he thought that God was in some places but not in others, he was wrong because God is everywhere in a general way upholding all things by his power as he is immense and omnipresent. King David knew that God was everywhere: Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? (Psalm 139:7)
  8. Later, when speaking to Jacob, God referred to Himself as the God of Bethel(Genesis 31:13). The way Jacob prayed; it was evident God’s mere word was not enough for him. He had to see God do it before he would believe. We should not be the same way, but we often are. God says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19).
  9. Jacob had a divine encounter at Bethel, he had seen angels ascending and descending into heaven, evidence of God’s hand at work, visions of heaven and the life to come, yet he had a conditional response to God’s promises to him. His heart has not yet been changed and he promises God will be his God, the stone he has set up will mark the place where God lives and he will give God 10% of everything God gives him if, and only if:
  • God stands by him;
  • God protects him;
  • God keeps in him food and clothing; and
  • God returns him safely to his father’s house.

How many times do we do that?  Put conditions on our following God? John 20:29

  1. Entering into a relationship with God does not guarantee only good times and happy experiences but it does assure us of the forgiveness of sins, the hope of eternal life, and the presence of God in our everyday lives.

 

PRAYER POINTS

  1. Wherever I find myself this year, O lord please do not take your blessings and protection away from me.
  2. Father, lead me to that very place where you have commanded my blessings and do not allow anything or anyone to uproot me from there.
  3. Oh Lord, renew your covenants with me and all my loved ones on a daily basis. Like Jacob, let us also enjoy your covenants of Protection, provision, presence and peace throughout 2021 and beyond.
  4. Father, send your angels on assignment over my life this year, let them minister unto me morning, noon and evening.
  5. Father, as I obey you this year, grant me revelation and insight into my destiny.
  6. Father I pray that your promises concerning me will come to pass speedily and that may I continue to be faithful in all you ask me to do.
  7. Lord, every promise and vow I have made before you, grant me the grace to keep it.
  8. For every member of our church and family that do not know you, Lord, we pray that like Jacob, that they will have a personal encounter with you and they will never remain the same again in Jesus name.
  9. Until I and my children attain our goals in life, do not leave us O lord.
  10. What I will do that will make you alter your promises for my life, do not let me do it in Jesus name.

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