THE FIRST VOW (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Genesis 28:20-22
20 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,
21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:
22 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.
Continuing to examine Jacob’s vow, the next point after beginning with, "If God will be with me," he further acknowledged that he needed God to keep him "in this way that I go." His course now was no longer his own. All the nations of the earth were hanging in the balance and would be blessed in his obedience. The need was for God to guard, preserve, and protect him instead of leaning to his own understanding.
Consistent with Jacob’s dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder or this way that was now cast up before him, Psalm 91:11 comes into view for the believer. It reads, "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness using this Scripture, Jesus told the him "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." God should never be tested but rather trusted. As the Palmist noted, except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Jacob understood the necessity of God keeping him in the way. His journey required a Protection that no man can provide for himself or others. As God promised His people In Exodus, 23:20, "Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared." May each reader see the Lord Jesus continue to unfold in this study as He is our great Shepherd watching over, protecting, and keeping His flock.