This is a story about Jacob and Bethel. Let me first refresh your memory a little bit. Abraham gave birth to Isaac, and Isaac had two sons, actually, they were twins. Genesis 25:19-28. Esau and Jacob. If you remember the Bible said, the younger will be greater than the eldest and eldest will serve the youngest. This was already stated but you trust uncle Jacob, He stole his brother birthright and later he had to run away🚶. He later retraced his step back to God. He had a dream where he saw a ladder going into heaven and there were angels going up towards heaven and down towards earth with the ladder. He woke up from that dream and said
Genesis 28:16. Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
Notice what he did in the next verses.
Genesis 28:18-22. 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.
19. And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
20. And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
21. So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
22. And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Bethel becomes, because of Jacob’s vision there. ( The name of the city was formally Luz.)
Jacob made a vow, he gave this parcel of land to God. And he also promised God that He will come back and build a house for God right here in Bethel.
When Jacob became successful, God asked him to go back to the place where he made a vow, to the place where he raised an altar for God. God asked him to go back to Bethel
Genesis 35:1. And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
In genesis 35:7, Jacob called the place El-Bethel meaning the House Of God.
What is Bethel?
• Bethel is the place where you had a divine encounter with God.
• Bethel is the covenant place. The place where you make a deal between you and God.
• Bethel is the place of U-turn, the decision making place.
• Bethel is the crossroad between success and failure.
• Bethel is the place of restoration.
• Bethel is a place where dreams are fulfilled.
• Bethel is the promise land.
• Bethel is Zion.
Bethel was dedicated to God by Jacob in Genesis 28 and 35. Many years later, something strange happened and this is where our next subtopic begins.
From the time of Jacob to the time of King Solomon are Twelve Generations. Let us go deeper a bit. After the Death of King Solomon, His son Rehoboam became king. He made a big mistake by increase the tax of the people despite the people complained. This made the kingdom to be divided. 10 tribes followed a man called Jeroboam and the tribe of Judah and the children of Levi follow King Rehoboam.
Now we have arrived at our main topic. The man called Jeroboam did something crafty, he thought he could outsmart God. To prevent the children of the 10 tribes from going to Jerusalem to worship God. He raised Two Alters. One in DAN and the other In BETHEL. 1Kings 12.
This is where dedication comes in place.
God did something very strange. He did not fight for the altar that was raised in Dan👀. Rather He contended for the altar raised in Bethel. And He personally sent a Man of God from Judah to prophesy against the altar.1Kings 13:1-10.
Why did God do that? This is because Bethel was dedicated to God.
God is compelled to protect and guide that which is given to Him. Anything or anyone dedicated to God belongs to Him.
Here lies the reality of life. In life, there are two things involved. Either you were dedicated to God or you were dedicated to the devil.
Where you were dedicated have a great impact on your life.
A woman far back in Nigeria was pregnant and she decided to give birth in the traditional way. Little did she know that it was twins she was carrying. The first child came out with ease in the house of a traditional doctor ( herbalist). During the process of the delivering of the other child, complication did arise and of course what can a traditional doctor do? They rush the woman still in labor with the second child to the hospital. On their way they decided to stop by a church, well the church was having service at the time. The pastor prayed and the woman gave birth to the second child safely. The pastor said, ” many years later when I look at the lives of both children, the difference is so clear!!” One is a great servant of God, and the other is a power servant of the devil👊🏃.
Dedication is very important. Samuel was given to God, His life was already planned even before his birth. Later he became Israel’s last judge.
Your dedication determines the kind of life you will live.
Your dedication tells a lot about your foundation. Because dedication and foundation do work hand in hand. Your dedication determines the foundation in which your life will be built.
There are many African kids born outside Africa. Some of them their parents do send their first hair, nails, and some other things to their family idols. These kids are dedicated to the idols of their father’s house.
Here in lies the tragedy of the dark race, many of them were dedicated to their family idols. That is why you see exact and distinct patterns of problems and conditions that are similar to a particular country, tribe and ethnic groups.
I remember the part I hail from in Nigeria, not too far from my local government. There is a big town close to the banks of the river Niger. When the White men arrived Nigeria those days they got to this coastal areas first. Do you know what the elders and rulers of the town did? They went to their idols and told them that they don’t want their kids to go to the White mans land!!! And trust me, Nigerians are everywhere but this particular tribe and ethnic group are very few, you can actually count them. They have been dedicated to gods of limitations.
Your dedication holds a large amount of your future. You can’t rise above the powers that are watching over you. Bethel belongs to God, God arose and fought for Bethel.
Look at the lives of many kids that their parents are Christians. It doesn’t matter the denomination they belong. God looks at the heart and hence His name is being called there, He is surely present. Check these kids out, no matter how hard the try and err away from God. They always come back to Him why? Because the belong to God.
Kids dedicated in the bible believing churches, they always end up serving God, no matter how hard they try.
Now look around you and see kids that their parents were not strong believers when they were born and up to the age of ten. Watch their lives, only a few are able to trace their steps back to God. It’s not their fault, they were dedicated to the devil. Because if you are not for God, well my dear you belong to the devil 😷.
Every year during my birthday and that of my sisters❤️ my mum❤️ gets a gift on my behalf and put it in church telling God that. I dedicate my son unto you, well you can see for yourself👏😄😘🙌❤️👌💃😊🎊😂😆. Till date, I still do the same. I don’t see myself successful outside God. Why? It’s all because I have been dedicated to God. You can’t compare my life with that of others. The things some people might do, I dare not try it. My foundation was built on Christ Jesus.
Rededicate your life to God, it doesn’t matter what had happened in the past. God is the God that goes back in time and rewrite destinies. Nothing is impossible for God to do. He changed the story of Jabez, Ruth, and Jephthah. He will sure do the same for you.
In this New Year give your all to God and watch Him uplift you in every area of your life. God is very concerned about our life and every step we take.
He is interested in you. And believe me, you will never regret your decisions.
God never fails, put your trust in him, go back to the basics of life, go back to the old time religion. God is a Man of standards and principles, He protects His own. And anything put in His care is forever safe. Don’t make this season pass you by. Let your new year resolution be a life changing decision where you surrender all to God and do His will.
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