‘I Will Not Leave You Until I Have Done What I Have Promised You.’

Genesis 28:10-22
Just another night (11)? No! – this was a night to remember, a night Jacob would never forget. God came to him with His wonderful promise of love: ‘I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you’(15). At Bethel (‘the house of God’), powerfully transformed by the presence of God – ‘Surely the Lord is in this place’(16) – , Jacob consecrated himself to the Lord. ‘If’(20) means ‘Since’. See Romans 8:31 – ‘If (Since) God is for us, who can be against us?’. Giving the tenth (22) – this is not legalism, a kind of repayment scheme. There can be no ‘salvation by works’. We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Our giving must always be a heartfelt expression of thanksgiving to the God of grace: ‘Loving Him who first loved me’. We are saved ‘to do good works’(Ephesians 2:10) – not because we do good works!

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