RETURNING TO THE FATHER’S COVENANT!

After Jacob’s encounter with the LORD at Bethel, he goes to his Uncle Laban’s house and falls in love with Rachel.  He agrees to work for her for seven years, and Laban tricks him with Leah!  He then works another seven years again for Rachel because of the love he had for her!  (Gen. 29)  Leah has child after child, and Rachel is barren.  Rachel cries out, “Give me children or I die!” (Gen. 30:1)  Jacob worked another six years for the flock of Laban. 

Jacob decides to take his wives and flee from Laban’s house.  Laban had deceived Jacob and changed his wages ten times.  Jacob had a dream where the Angel of God appeared to him and said to him, “I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and made a vow to me.  Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family.”  (Gen. 31:13)  Of course, Laban comes after him, but the LORD does not allow him to hurt him.

In there heated exchange with one another, Jacob finally tells Laban, “Thus I have been in your house for 20 years:  I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.”  (Then, the LORD spoke generationally to him)  “Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed.  GOD HAS SEEN MY AFFLICTION AND THE LABOR OF MY HANDS, AND REBUKED YOU LAST NIGHT.”  (Gen. 31:41,42)

Many have been running away from their promise and their Father’s house and have had to serve another one under the guise of deception!  Some have fallen “in love” with ministry, and would do anything to be married to their ministry!  So, therefore, you have to work twice as hard for it and labor with your own strength.  He worked six more years ( the number of man) for a total of 20 years, which is the number for redemption.  Laban changes his wages “10” times, which ten is number for “measure of order!”  But the LORD still protected him from being destroyed!

That’s why Jacob had to leave, because he had come to his “wit’s end” and it was time for him to be redeemed and time to come back into order.  Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. Here he makes another pillar, as he did at Bethel in Gen. 28.  He gathers more stones and set them up as a heap and He and Laban make covenant and eat on the heap. (Gen. 31:45,46)  Jacob is still not reconciled with Esau, and he hasn’t had his name change, but He is in position now to fulfill His generational blessing! 

It is time to return to the place of your “generational inheritance and blessing” so that the Father can fulfill His purpose and destiny in you!  The “heap of stones” is a witness that God has established covenant with Jacob because of his obedience to honor the Father through sacrifice.  “Return to the stronghold you prisoners of hope.  Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.”  (Zech. 9:12)

THE GATES OF ZION! ( The Gate of heaven on earth.)

PSALMS 87:1-3-  HIS FOUNDATION IS IN THE HOLY MOUNTAINS.  THE LORD LOVES THE GATES OF ZION MORE THAN ALL THE DWELLINGS OF JACOB.  GLORIOUS THINGS ARE SPOKEN OF YOU, O CITY OF GOD!  SELAH.

Beth-el does not only mean “house of God” but the “Gate of heaven!” When Jacob had his dream of a ladder set up on earth that reached to heaven and there angels were ascending and descending on it.  Gen. 28:16-18 says, Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it!”  And He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place!  This is none other than the house of God, and this is the GATE OF HEAVEN!”

To me, the spiritual significance of Jacob’s dream and ladder, is that many are ‘waking up’ from a dream of going to bed searching for God and their place, to an awareness that the Father is there, right in the midst of them!  You may be waking up outside of the camp, so to speak, in a new situation that you are afraid!  But you can find the house of God, not church as we have known it, but the place where the oil is flowing and covenant is established in the Father’s House!

The stone that he laid his head on became a ‘pillar’ where he poured the oil and where he made a vow to the LORD that brought the provision of the Lord to him!  Gen. 28:21-22-  “so that I come back to my Father’s house in peace, then the LORD will be my God.  “And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will surely give a tenth to you.”

This is the present truth that church is moving from a feminine, passive gender where there is only comfort and solace and hope, but a place of the Father’s kingdom where the ecclesia becomes the “embassy” of the kingdom as the “Gate of heaven” on earth!

I. Tim. 3:15,16-  but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how to conduct yourself in the house (hold) of God, which is the church of the living God, THE PILLAR AND GROUND OF THE TRUTH.
  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.