Bible Readng: Gen 28:11- 22.
Bethel means “the house of God.” It was the place where Jacob had an encounter with God on his way to Paddan-aram, after he deceived his brother, Esau and ran away with his birth right. God met him unexpectedly and made a covenant with him. He promised to bless Jacob, be with him throughout his journey and also bring him back to that place of divine encounter. Jacob woke up and called the place “Bethel,” meaning the House of God. He set up a stone there and poured oil on it as an agreement between him and God. So, Bethel’s oil refers to the oil of agreement or covenant between God and Jacob.
For us today, we can say Bethel means a place where we first encountered Christ, when we surrendered our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. It could also mean the following:More →