Genesis 28:18-22 – Bethel

Genesis 28:18-22
18 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.

-In these scriptures, Jacob sets up a stone and the city of Luz becomes the city of Bethel.  It is evident in scripture that the Stone refers to Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 28:16, Acts 4:11) The name “Bethel” means “House of God” and “Luz” has two meanings, both Canaanite: 1) Nut-bearing tree and 2) Indestructible bone.  Think about these meanings.  In the one sense, Luz represents a place of worldly fruit which at the arrival of the Stone becomes a dwelling place of God.  In the other sense, Luz represents the unbeatable foe, Death, which is miraculously wiped out at the arrival of the same Stone; for “with God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).  The city itself represents believers, both a place of unbeatable death and worldly fruit.  But the arrival of the “Stone” means that death is wiped away and the place of worldly fruit becomes a House of God.

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