Vayetze וַיֵּצֵא - And He Went Out
Reading #1- Genesis 28:10–22
In verse 16, “Hashem is in this place!” It was clear to Jacob that because of his wonderful and blessed dream that Hashem must be in the place where he had it (Bethel). I wonder if his “sense” of Hashem’s presence in that place was different then in other places. It makes me think of the times in my life when I “sensed” the presence of Elohim. Where it felt so intensely peaceful and wonderful and where I could hear His voice so clearly.
Such a place for me has been the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The “prayer wall”. Every time I have visited that wall -- the presence of Hashem was strong. In prayers there I felt like He would show me special things. I kept a journal once and wrote it all down. Has there ever been a place or space or time that you felt the presence of Hashem? What was it like? I would love to hear your replies!
Take some time out today to sit and listen to Hashem. Pray and ask Him to show Himself to you in a special way. Hear what He has to tell you. Write it down. Believe Him.
Reading #1 - Genesis 28:10–22
29:10 Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place, and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. He took one of the stones of the place, and put it under his head, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 He dreamed and saw a stairway set upon the earth, and its top reached to heaven. Behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 Behold, Hashem stood above it, and said, “I am Hashem, the Elohim of Abraham your father, and the Elohim of Isaac. I will give the land you lie on to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring will be as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. In you and in your offspring, all the families of the earth will be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you, and will keep you, wherever you go, and will bring you again into this land. For I will not leave you until I have done that which I have spoken of to you.”
16 Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, “Surely Hashem is in this place, and I didn’t know it.” 17 He was afraid, and said, “How awesome this place is! This is none other than Elohim’s house, and this is the gate of heaven.”
18 Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil on its top. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20 Jacob vowed a vow, saying, “If Elohim will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, and Hashem will be my Elohim, 22 then this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, will be Elohim’s house. Of all that you will give me I will surely give a tenth to you.”