Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Question of the day: What was Jacob doing in Beth-El?
Answer: The Bible tells us: Genesis 35:14-15 "Jacob set up a memorial stone in the place where He had spoken with him - a stone pillar - and he poured a drink offering on it and poured oil on it. Jacob named the place where God spoke with him Beth-El."
As we read through this part of Genesis, we see that God never left Jacob. Jacob was blessed as he left his homeland (his father and mother), and he was blessed as he returned there. Both, as he went and years later as he returned, Jacob was visited by God at Beth-El.
What question rises up in us as we examine our own situation? God promises never to leave us. This is a word for many of you today. Deuteronomy 31:6 "Chazak! Be courageous! Do not be afraid or tremble before them. For Adonai your God—He is the One who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you."
Have you ever noticed how sad people hang their heads? Someone told me recently it is impossible to be sad when you lift your head and look up. Luke 21:28 "Now when these things begin to happen, stand straight and lift up your heads, because your salvation is near!" Try it! Shalom.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,