FRIDAY, JUNE 20
Scripture: Genesis 28:18-20
Genesis 28:18-20 says, “Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel;[a] but the name of that city had been Luz previously. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on,…” The reason why we have a right to withdraw from a Heavenly account is because we said yes to the eternal covenant of salt that Jesus made with every believer. Jacob revealed the five things that are involved in this covenant because Jacob gave voice to what is involved in this covenant of salt. He made a vow with five “I will…”s. He says, “If you will….Then I will…” We see this in verse 22, “…I will surely give a tenth to You.” If You will do these five things, then I will surely give a tenth to You. Now that, in essence, was the very first covenant of salt that God made with His believers. The place where this covenant was made is the place where Jacob had a dream. He saw angels ascending and descending and he understood the place was the church of God. He then built an altar and called it Bethel, or God’s House. And God’s House is a place where He communicates with His people. In Ephesians 4 terminology, it was the place where the Levites taught the people how to relate to the Lord in His House, so there would be no plague among the people. The Old Testament and the New Testament are seamless because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.