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Where Jacob's Pillow Became Jacob's Pillar

Jacob's dealings with some of his relatives were at times a matter of taking all that they had, lawfully, but shrewdly. It happened first with his brother Esau, after which Jacob had to flee to his uncle Laban (Jacob's mother Rebekah was Laban's sister). Esau would surely have killed Jacob otherwise. Years later, it happened again, with his uncle Laban, after which The Lord's warning to Laban was all that prevented Laban from seriously harming Jacob ("It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad," Genesis 31:29; see also Jacob and Laban).

Nevertheless, Jacob, who The Lord would rename Israel, had been chosen to become a key individual in Bible History and Prophecy. So, when the time came, The Lord had instructed Jacob to leave Laban and return home: "I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto Me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred" (Genesis 31:13 KJV)

"I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar"

The Lord's "I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar" was referring to an event that occurred when Jacob had been fleeing from Esau and was on the journey to Laban who lived in Syria. It was that night that Jacob had his famous "ladder to heaven" (also translated as "stairway to heaven") dream. The next morning, Jacob's pillow became Jacob's pillar: "Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar" (see below).

Bethel

"And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, The Lord stood above it, and said, I am The Lord God of Abraham thy father [see On His Own Two Feet], and the God of Isaac [see Isaac's Faith And Obedience]: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of."

"And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely The Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

"And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first."

"And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall The Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto Thee."

Fact Finder: While on the return journey to the land that would be named after him, near what river was Jacob renamed Israel by The Lord?
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