And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.…
I. THE SEVERITY OF GOD. The pitiable condition of Jacob when he arrived at Bethel illustrates this. A homeless, helpless, despondent wanderer.
II. THE GOODNESS OF GOD.
1. In its suggestive symbol (ver. 12).
2. In its encouraging revelation of the Divine presence (ver. 13).
3. In its encouraging promises (vers. 13-15). Inheritance, guidance, protection, companionship.
III. THE EFFECT UPON JACOB.
1. It awoke him of his sleep.
2. It filled him with an awe-inspiring sense of the Divine presence.
3. It filled him with a spirit of worship.
4. It led him to a reconsecration of himself to God.Lessons:
1. Self-seeking even leads to failure.
2. God will never leave nor forsake His child.
3. Let us beware of a partial consecration.
(D. C. Hughes, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.