Jacob was on the road traveling, and around sundown, he found a place to set up camp for the night. There wasn’t a MyPillow in sight, so he made due with a rock and fell asleep. It was an ordinary spot, an ordinary night, an ordinary round in his REM cycle. But that’s exactly where God met him.
In his dream, God declared, “I am the Lord. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! All the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go.”
As soon as Jacob woke up, he said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!”
We know now that Jacob went on to have 12 sons, and these children grew up to become the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel we often read about in the Old Testament. Fast-forward to the New Testament, and Jesus arose from one of these tribes and was later called the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Today, you may be traveling to and from ordinary places. It’s routine to drop your kids off at school. You’ve walked into the same office building for years. Out of habit, you jump into your shower or make a pot of coffee in the kitchen. And everyday, you scroll through your social media feeds.
You may not be expecting a spiritual encounter with the Lord God Himself in these moments. But in actuality, the Holy Spirit dwells within His people, moving circumstances around for our favor, and guiding us along the Way. If we opened our eyes, we may be surprised and declare just as Jacob did, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!”
- Where are the routine places you visit? What are your everyday activities? Who do you regularly talk to?
- As we step into our everyday routine, may this be our prayer: “Lord, I want to see you in the ordinary, and I want to hear you when you’re speaking to me through the typical and normal. Open my eyes to your presence today.”
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
10 Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran.11 At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. 12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.
13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”
16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” 17 But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”
18 The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. 19 He named that place Bethel (which means “house of God”), although it was previously called Luz.
20 Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God. 22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”
Luke 3:23, 31-34
The Ancestors of Jesus
23 Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his public ministry.
Jesus was known as the son of Joseph.
Joseph was the son of Heli.
31 Eliakim was the son of Melea.
Melea was the son of Menna.
Menna was the son of Mattatha.
Mattatha was the son of Nathan.
Nathan was the son of David.
32 David was the son of Jesse.
Jesse was the son of Obed.
Obed was the son of Boaz.
Boaz was the son of Salmon.
Salmon was the son of Nahshon.
33 Nahshon was the son of Amminadab.
Amminadab was the son of Admin.
Admin was the son of Arni.
Arni was the son of Hezron.
Hezron was the son of Perez.
Perez was the son of Judah.
34 Judah was the son of Jacob.
Jacob was the son of Isaac.
Isaac was the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the son of Terah.
Terah was the son of Nahor.
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