Gen 28 v 10 - 29 v 1 Bethel was a place of :-
1. A Venture v 10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
(a) The Reason For His Going
27 v 41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.
The Danger from an angered Brother Hebrews 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
The Distress of an anxious Mother v 42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.
The Deficiency of an ambitious Father Genesis 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.
God Had Shut The Door
(b) The Reflection On His Going
He Was Going into :-
The Unknown Joshua 3:4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it,(The Ark) about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.
The UnSeen Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
The UnCertain Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
(c) The Result Of His Going 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, He Met with God at Bethel
2. A Vision 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.
Jacob Saw :-
The Salvation Of God "behold a ladder" 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; No Ladder But a Stairway the top of it reached to heaven
The Servants Of God behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Missionary John G. Paton. He and wife in home surrounded by cannibals.
There were hundreds of tall men in shining garments with drawn swords circling about your house.We could not attack.
CS Lewis says, “Every time an angel appears in the Bible, his first words are always “fear not”.
Isa 6 v 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
The Lesson Of Reverence, (face), Of Respect (feet), Of Response (Fly)
Angels ascending and descending = God’s Royal power is on the move. Messages are coming up, messengers are going out. Like a heart pumping blood.
Seeing God at Work – King Of Syria II Kings 6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
The Sovereignty Of God 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, Matthew 14:30 But when he (Peter) saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
3. A Voice 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;
What God did Say? God Spoke Of : -
(a) His Person v 13 I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father
(b) His Promise v 13 the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it,