I believe we’re are on a journey right? Walking Portals… I said in the first post in this series that we’re actually journeying to ‘man’ himself, I mean you and I. I would love to go directly to expanding this to you in the light of the new testament man, I mean the new creation. However, I’m going to make a detour to touch the old testament man before that. I think that’s okay. Alright? So, let’s proceed.
So, I’m going to be talking about Jacob. Yeah! His experience with a portal I used as an example in the first post. I’m very sure many people know this particular story very well. Yeah, I mean very well. But then, I believe your eyes are going to be opened to things you’ve probably never noticed there before. So just open up your spirit, and I would like to plead with you to read carefully with an alerted mind, and to the end. Don’t want you missing out on anything now, do we? Alright! So, let’s do this!
So let’s consider Genesis 28:10-22 (For the sake of easy reading of this post and so the post doesn’t look longer than it actually is, I decided to put the scripture passage at the bottom of this post). Actually, it would be great if you could actually go to the bottom of this post and read now before you continue reading. So, with the mind that you have read the little story there, I’m going to just skip to the point. Okay? So, after that Jacob saw the angels of God ascending and descending on the ladder, then he saw God standing above it and God began with what I believe is an introductory speech. After which he proceeded to say certain things. Now, I’d like you to know beforehand and focus your mind on three things I want to highlight from verses 13 & 15 to you that God said about the land and three things God said about Jacob.
28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: (a) the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, (b) and to thy seed; 28:15 And, behold, (A) I AM WITH THEE, (B) AND WILL KEEP THEE IN ALL PLACES WHITHER THOU GOEST, (c) and will bring thee again into this land; (C) FOR I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE, UNTIL I HAVE DONE THAT WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN TO THEE OF.
First off, let me start with what God told Jacob concerning the land (the ones in small bold italics letters). God basically said to Jacob concerning the land that he will give the land to him, and also to his seed, and lastly said he will bring him again to that land. Right? I want you to actually put that in mind and take note of it. Now, let’s move on to what he said concerning the state of Jacob to Jacob himself in the verse 15 above (the ones in capital bold italics letters). Now, God said to Jacob again three things, and they are thus; that he (God) is with him, and that even, he will be with him and keep him in every place that he goes, and finally that he will not leave him until he has fulfilled everything he has spoken to Jacob of. Now, I’d like you to note very carefully the above statements and who or what it was directed to. Now, let’s proceed to verse 16 of that chapter
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
You see that? When Jacob awoke from his dream, he said to himself; “surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not”. I don’t know if that has struck any chord yet but then, something is not right with that statement, cos you see, God just said to Jacob that HE IS WITH HIM, and WILL BE WITH HIM IN EVERY PLACE THAT HE GOES, and lastly that HE WILL NOT LEAVE HIM UNTIL HE HAS FULFILLED EVERYTHING THAT HE SAID CONCERNING HIM. Only for Jacob to wake up and say that God is in that place. I mean, that’s preposterous! Surely, God said something about the land (the place he was) and that was that he will give the land to him, and to his seed, and that he will bring him back to that land. That was all God said to him about the land. God never mentioned or said anything about the place or the land being the reason for his present presence in that place. However, God surely said to Jacob that his presence is with him, and will be with him even in every place (or land) that he goes. God clearly declared his presence as to be with Jacob and not the land.
Jacob woke up and had to exclaim something entirely different from what God just said to him. Isn’t that funny? It wasn’t about the place. It wasn’t a factor of the land where Jacob lied that caused God to reveal himself to Jacob in a dream. It was a factor of the presence of Jacob in that place that caused for the revelation of the dream because God said plainly “Behold, I am with thee”. That means God’s presence accompanied Jacob to that place. I mean, from scriptures, it’s clear that God could have actually revealed himself to Jacob anywhere else but that land, but then, he would have to refer back to that land, the city of Luz where he actually was at that point in time. Anyway, that sounds like too much explanation to me. Isn’t it? Thus, the reason why God had to reveal himself to Jacob there so that he could tell him plainly “the land whereon thou liest, to the will I give it, and to thy seed”, (ever heard of killing two birds with a stone😁?) but it was never about the place, it was about Jacob. Hmm!
Too many times we are swayed by the works or should I say, the acts of God and we focus on that instead of focusing on what God is saying. It’s not about the spectacular, it’s about what God is saying. By the way, we see Jacob in verses 20 and 21 of that same chapter vowing that; ‘IF’ God will be with him, and keep him in the way that he is going, and give him bread to eat and raiment to put on, so that he comes again unto his father’s house in peace, then shall the Lord be his God. That already declares the mind of Jacob. He didn’t pay attention to what God said to him, cos if he did, he’d know that God already declared that he is with him and would keep him in all places that he goes. He wouldn’t be vowing that if he actually knew for sure. What he would have done was to say; “well God, I guess you gotta become my God too from this day henceforth” cos God didn’t introduce himself as Jacob’s God yet cos Jacob was yet to completely and strongly acknowledge that truth. Simple!
Now, having grounded that, I’d like you to know that Jacob wrongly appropriated what God said to him specifically, and not about the land where he was for the land where he was. In other words, what he actually was saying concerning the land (the place) where he was, was actually about himself. Right? Okay! So, in verse 17, Jacob was afraid and said; how dreadful is this place. No! Wrong! Jacob was actually the dreadful one. He’s the one that’s supposed to be dreaded and feared because the presence of God was with him. Then again, he said; this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. I mean, I actually laughed euphorically when I saw this one. You know why? I know you’re there already. It wasn’t about the place. It was he himself that was none other but the house of God, (now listen to this…) AND THE GATE OF HEAVEN. Wow! That’s some crazy right there. I had to put some emphasis on that one.
Even though it never totally dawn on him that he himself was the house of God and the gate of heaven, it seemed to me that God tried to communicate to a people that; “their body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (the very Spirit of God; the presence of God), and that as they have become the temple of God, the have become the gate of heaven”, and he wasn’t just trying, he was doing that so as to show us that we couldn’t have accomplished that without Jesus. All of which he accomplished in Jesus and thereafter in the New Testament when he broke his spirit upon the disciples in the upper room. It’s all starting to make sense now right?
Wow! Glory Hallelujah!
So, one more post to go on this series and we’re done. I believe the veils are dropping already. Glory Hallelujah!
And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 28:11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 28:12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. 28:16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. 28:17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. 28:18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. 28:19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 28:21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.