From despicable slime, to Saint, who finally became the Leader of the Lords people.
Jacob, becomes Israel. How did this happen?
– After receiving his brothers blessing, and an extra blessing.
– After realizing his brother wanted him dead.
– After realizing he had gone too far. Cost too much.
He was being cast out, separated from those he knew, from his family.
This began to receive a change of heart.
Life was no longer fun and games. He had won, took his brothers place, his inheritance, even his pride.
Now he was losing his way of life, the respect of his friends, the life he was accustomed to.
He was being sent away. Losing his family.
The Word tells us:
“Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;”
Jacob was alone, cast out, going to a place he knew not, to a people he had only heard of.
It grew dark, Jacob using a stone for a pillow made his bed. He, in a dream, met the Father, and Son, and saw the Angels of the Son.
“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.
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;
And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.” (Genesis 28)
Once again, he hears the blessings on his life, the blessings first given to Abraham.
> The land will be his, and his decendents.
> His seed will be multiplied, and will bless all the world.
> God will be with him, will keep him, wherever he goes, God will bring him back to the land of promice, God will not leave him, until the Word of the Lord is accomplished. (Jesus, will never leave us or forsake us).
Like all of us, he was probably a little sceptical. After all, he knew who he was; I believe he was growing ashamed, and was in repentance, as he was forced to leave all he knew.
“And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
And he called the name of that place Bethel:” (The House of God).
His attitude, his actions, his direction and decisions, all changed, in computer terms, he was rebooted, his system was refreshed.