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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

January 13 - Morning

"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
  so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God 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.'

- Genesis 28:20-22

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Covenant of Abraham Becomes Personal to Jacob    

The practice of standing up stones was used in ancient Israel:

  • to make a memorial to an important event,
  • as a witness to the signing of a treaty,
  • to honor a god,
  • to represent a spirit being.

There are 142 sites with standing stones still in the Negev and in Eastern Sinai.  There are thirty-six standing stones left from the time of Jacob and the Old Testament. Jacob honored this event and this location since God had appeared and spoke to him near Bethel before he left the Land of Promise.

Notice the honoring of God with “a tenth,” or a tithe, was voluntary. The giving of “a tenth” to honor God was a principle also followed by Abraham (Genesis 14:17-24).

Jacob bargains, or offers God an agreement, based on four conditions. The Lord will be Jacob’s God if he can provide these things:

  1. Divine presence
  2. Divine protections
  3. Divine provision
  4. A safe return to the Promised Land

In return Jacob vowed to do these three things:

  1. the Lord would be his God
  2. this stone marker would become a location (altar, house, temple,  etc.) to meet with the Lord
  3. Jacob would give the Lord a tenth of everything

At Bethel Jacob personally bought into the covenant that the Lord had offered to Abraham and Isaac. God now offered it to Jacob and, based on Jacob's response, this covenant had just become a personal matter to Jacob.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"The greatest proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in practice he will stake his life on his belief."
- T.S. Eliot
Something to Ponder??

Sometime between
701-681 BC Isaiah wrote:

"He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
    and its people are like grasshoppers."

- Isaiah 40:22

And, around 1400 BC Job is quoted as saying sometime around 2000 BC:

"He spreads out the northern skies over empty space;
    he suspends the earth over nothing."
- Job 26:7

It is interesting to note that it wasn't until the 1500's AD that common knowledge embraced the idea of a round earth. So, while the world of India was believed the earth was set on the backs of elephants and the Greeks were counting on the god Atlas to hold the earth steady on his shoulders, the scriptures recorded before these other legends and ignorance came about describe the earth as a sphere hanging on nothing in space.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
‘Olam (Hb) - Everlasting (Eng) – ‘olam is the Hebrew word that means “long duration,” “antiquity,” “forever,” “everlasting,” “perpetual,” “old,” “ancient,” “continuous existence.” It is used 435 times in the Old Testament. Isaiah describes the government of the One who will come to sit on David’s throne and to rule over David’s kingdom in justice and righteousness “from then on and ‘olam.” (Isaiah 9:7)   The Ketef Hinnom Amlets are two very small silver scrolls that were found in a burial cave with Hebrew lettering dated around 690 BC. The text is the priestly blessing from Numbers 6:23-27. This is the earliest fragments of biblical text discovered so far. (Details here and here. Photos here and here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I listen to advice? Do I listen to correction? Do I listen to a rebuke?
I will hear wisdom speak to me in advice, correction, and, even, in a rebuke.
  "A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke."
- Proverbs 13:1
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Genesis 15 Job 1 Job 35-36
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Guidance and direction in the roles you have in life God’s will be done United States Air Force Lingering power of traditional African religions  
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Lachish (click on image for larger size)

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
  Map showing the locaiton of Hezekiah's wall in today's Old City of Jerusalem. (click on image for larger size)
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