The book of Genesis includes the history of the early ancestors of the Israelites. The first is Abraham, who was notable for his faith and for his obedience to God. Then follows the stories of his son Isaac and Isaac’s two sons, Jacob and Esau. In today’s reading, Isaac instructs Jacob to marry one of his uncle Laban’s daughters. As Jacob journeys to Haran, he dreams one night of a stairway reaching to heaven. God reiterates the promise made to Abraham and promises to be with Jacob. Jacob dedicates the stone on which he slept to God as a memorial and names the place Bethel, which in Hebrew means “House of God.”
Today’s Scripture Reading
Today’s Key Verse: Genesis 28:16
Jacob woke up and said, “The LORD is here! He is in this place, and I didn’t know it!”
What promise does God make to Jacob while he is dreaming (verses 13-15)? What is Jacob’s vow to God (verses 20-22)? Are there promises that you have made to God?
Lord God, you are always near and are with me wherever I go. Surround me with your love and keep me close to you. Guide me in the way of your truth. I promise to serve you faithfully. Amen.
Those preparing to make an extensive journey
Genesis 35:1-15: God blesses Jacob at Bethel.
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