Genesis 28:10-22 (NIV) 10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the LORD, and he said: "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." 16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it." 17 He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven." 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD will be my God 22 and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth."
Jacob moves on….
“…When he reached a certain place”
“The significance of moments defines the significance of places.”
Jacob lays down…
On a rock…
Psalm 62:1-2 (NIV) My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation….
Isaiah 26:3-4 (NLT) 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.
We rest on Christ the Rock.
1 Peter 2:4 (NLT) You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God.
When we rest in God dream we find…
“There above it stood the LORD”
We can have Confidence in the Providence!
2. A Person
John 1:51 (NLT) “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.”
“Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Permission to get what we need, and power to delegate what others need.
“All peoples on earth will be blessed through you….”
"How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven."
Gate:(Shawhar) Opening of heaven an opening that was split open.
Psalm 24:6-7(NIV) 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah 7 Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Easter gave us permission, Pentecost gives us power
Pillows to Pillars
- “God anoints moments and makes them monuments!”
A Heart That Longs (7)
God of Promise (8)
Holy Spirit (6)
It is Well (6)
Love on Fire (5)
Peace peace (2)
The Furnace (7)
The Good Shepherd (7)
The Hunt (5)
The Jouney (7)
The Promose (2)
Thieves and Robers (7)
We Are Overflow (8)