“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea . . .”
[M]y soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.
Rather than succumbing to the pressure of ambition, career, finances, possessions, pleasure or any other gods seeking to usurp authority over life, resolve to make God your priority.
At Bethel, God not only confirmed Jacob’s name change to Israel, He reiterated and connected the covenantal blessing to all of Jacob-Israel’s descendants—“the children of Israel.”
David’s praise wasn’t compartmentalized or limited to a specific period of time. His worship began before sunrise—was exuberant—was accompanied by musical instruments— and testified to God’s grace among the nations!
Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
Reconciliation between Jacob and Esau was affirmed at their unforeseen reunion. It’s a true-life story that ends well. The relationship between the twin brothers remained amicable during their lifetime.
We are not told what specific outcome Jacob expected. None-the-less, God answered his prayer by changing Esau’s mind—by replacing his vengeful attitude with one of conciliation. What Jacob had dreaded for two decades never materialized!
“Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land.”