Jacob was a trickster who got things by hook and crook. But in this context, he is travelling to Uncle Laban’s home in Haran. He is running away from his brother Esau whom he had cheated to get the first-born’s birthright and blessing. In the midst of the journey the sun sets hence he had to sleep. That night among all people God decides to visit Jacob in his sleep. I believe that God still encounters us through visions and dreams. Do not underestimate God’s encounters with you through the media of visions and dreams. Jacob encountered God in a dream where he saw a ladder stretching from earth to heaven. Angels were ascending and descending upon that ladder. After this encounter, Jacob confessed, “THIS IS NONE OTHER THAN THE HOUSE OF GOD”. He named that place Bethel. You and I are none other than the house of God. May we keep God’s temple clean. Jacob went on to put up a MEMORIAL STONE to mark the place of encounter. Amazingly Jacob caps it all by making a promise that of all that the Lord would bless him with he would pay a tithe thereof. Jacob became a TITHER after the encounter. This is a challenge to all believers who claim that they have had encounters with God yet their tithing record is poor. Could it be that another proof of encounter is reflected in the TITHING RECORD. FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
ENCOUNTER 3: JACOB AT BETHEL (Genesis 28:10-22)