HOME AT LAST
“So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him. And he built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother” (Gen 35:6, 7)
After passing thru this valley of the shadow of death, Jacob finally arrives at Bethel. He raises an altar there and pours a drink offering and oil. This is again a signal that he has never forgotten Bethel.
As Jacob moves towards Bethel, the terror of Jehovah falls on the Canaanites and all the other pagan nations trying to pursue the children of God. This is another great lesson: Obedience means power!
God changed his name from Jacob to Israel. Jacob too does the same. He calls the place El Bethel. It means the God of the House of God. For almost thirty years his ambition was just to go home, to the House of his God. But now, thru it all, He has learned to trust and love the God of the house, the Person of God the Holy Spirit, His Comforter and Friend! This is a great testimony! Jacob now trusts the God of the House of God! Then God welcomes him and blesses him ‘again’, the second time at that very spot (Gen 35:9).
What a story! God’s dream got fulfilled at last!
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life” (PV 13:12)
The tree of life appears only three times in the Bible: In Genesis, in Revelation and the Book of Proverbs. In Hebrew, the word ‘dream’ means a longing, a wish or a desire that brings satisfaction and fulfilment. Back to Bethel we become fruitful people so that others may draw life from us. True ministry is only possible at Bethel.
Lastly, indeed, God’s dreams come true. Never forget that! If God has spoken a word to you, if He gave you a dream or a vision, it shall come to pass. It does not matter how long it takes…it does not matter the mistakes you make along the way… God is in control and He shall fulfill your dream!
This is God’s Word! How many times it has brought me comfort and hope!
“This vision (or dream) is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed” (Hab 2:3)
I can only add:
In Jesus name