Study_1054 – Bethel, House of God and Gate of Heaven – Genesis 28:10-22
MEGA ZOE CHRISTIAN CHURCH STUDY: # 1054 -CHURCH IN THE HOUSES
PASTOR: EDITH CRUZ FROM: OCTOBER 22 @ 28, 2019
TOPIC: “Bethel, House of God and Gate of Heaven” Genesis 28:10-22
Bethel was initially a Canaanite village whose name was “Luz” (Vs. 19). We know of a God who calls upon man. God called on Jacob there at Bethel! Our God has principles. One of these principles is that HE IS FAITHFUL. I don’t know if you have been able to see HIS FAITHFULNESS towards your life. Where is God in your life? It is easy to say, and you will even go out on a limb affirming that God is in you. If He is in you, then faithfulness should flow from within you, because of all that He is. If He is in someone, that person will act like Him! God comes close to us to have a real, continuous and intimate communion with man. That’s how He approached Jacob! A relationship between heaven and earth, even when we particularly know that God is in His glory and man in his solitude!
I. 1 Timothy 3:15 “… know how one ought to behave in the HOUSEHOLD OF GOD…” Faithfully!
A. In the HOUSE OF GOD, which is the Church of the living God, column and bulwark (part that stands out from a military fortification and serves for the defense) of the truth.
1. Jacob did that for God: He learned to conduct (how to live, act) himself with God! Live faithfully!
2. (Genesis 27:41-45) Jacob was desolate (emotionally ruined). When you have God you do this, you move away from the hustle and bustle of man, and do not wait in man. Instead you seek and wait absolutely in God.
3. (Vs.11) In that solitude Jacob had a hard bed, a stone instead of a pillow and the sky as a canopy (cloth that covers over a bed, similar to a mosquito net).
4. His trip was one of despair. In his solitude, Jacob didn’t have a canopy or curtains.
5. (Vs. 12-15) BUT IN JACOB’S BAD DAY, GOD CAME TO HIM!
6. He saw the Almighty in the best dream of his life!
7. He dreamt of a ladder that went from earth to heaven. He saw God’s angels going up and down it. And Jehovah was at the top.
8. In His providence, God maintains a COMMUNION BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH!
9. (Vs.15) Jacob had a good guide and guardian in his coming and going: God! Amen.
10. The angels went up and down as if they were accompanying Jacob on his journey!
11. (Hebrews 1:13,14) While you live here, you will not have many people who want what’s good for you. But you will have the company of invisible angels that will protect and encourage you!
12. (Vs. 13-14) The promises God made to Abraham and Isaac were also for Jacob.
13. God promises that Jacob’s offspring would multiply extraordinarily like the dust of the earth.
14. Look for all the promises that are there for you!
15. A wonderful promise to Jacob: The Messiah will come out of his loins! (Vs. 14 “… all the families of the earth will be blessed in you and in your seed.”)
16. (Vs.15) Jacob feared his enemy, his brother Esau. (Genesis 27:41-45)
17. God promised to keep him safe. “… I am with you …” It was a long journey. He was traveling alone, on an unknown road and towards a different country. God also takes care of us, his children, who have believed in Jesus Christ.
18. Who can help you with what He asks of you? He Himself! He is the one who also promises to help you!
19. He would keep Jacob during his troubles with his uncle, Laban (Vs. 29:10), and in Jacob’s service to him, for God knew everything. God also promised to keep Jacob wherever he went and that he would return to his land in Canaan.
B. (Vs.16-22) “Surely the Lord is in this place and I DIDN’T KNOW IT.” Jacob had fled from his brother, who was very upset with him. Jacob fled without any hope, alone.
1. But now we see Jacob’s devotion with total dedication because of the experience he had with God.
2. Today it is rare to see a devotion to God! There is a lot of personal ambition! A leadership position is longed for, more than an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ!
3. Jacob recognized that God was in that place and that God took care of him and accompanied him.
4. WHERE WE ARE, HE WILL BE!
5. (Vs.17) “And he was afraid, and said: How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
6. Jacob marked his experience with a stone he set as a sign, just as Abraham did in the places where God appeared. Now was not the time to raise an altar so he only poured oil on the stone. He would make an altar to God when he had completely conquered (Genesis 35:7).
7. (Vs.19) He gave that place the name, BETHEL, HOUSE OF GOD!
8. (Vs. 20-22) Jacob makes a vow, expresses his preference for God from now on.
a. He made his vow when God confirmed what He had offered. It was about time Jacob committed!
b. He said: “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God.”
c. We see that Jacob depends on the promises of the Lord and puts all his trust in them.
d. He clung to the Lord; Jehovah will be my God!
e. (Vs.22) The stone would be for the altar.
f. And of all that God gives me, I will give Him the first fruits (tithe)!
g. Jacob arrived at his destination filled with good, safely, well in his economy, etc.!
h. Now it was his turn to respond to God with the commitment and promises he had made.
i. He raised the place and brought his tithes to God! He followed through! He learned FIDELITY!
j. If one breaks a promise to God, we look like liars or as if we have no faith. If we have the FAITHFUL God, we give FIDELITY from our part! We must give to the Lord all that He demands in our wonderful COMMUNION BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH! Amen.