May 2, 2019 by directorfsm
Jacob awakes from his dream (Gen 28:10-15) and makes the above proclamation. He is amazed to find God not in the temple (house of worship), John Gill comments on this: when he says, “I knew it not”, the meaning is, he did not think or expect to meet with God in such a place; he did not know that God ever appeared anywhere but in the houses of his people, such as his father’s house; and in the congregation of the faithful, or where the saints met for public worship, or where an altar was erected for God: though sometimes God is present with his people, and they are not sensible of it; as the church in Isaiah 41:10; and as Mary, when Christ was at her elbow, and she knew him not, John 20:13.
While many today still seem to think that God is more present in a house of worship, that they can somehow better “experience” God and the Holy Spirit in such a place I think they are sorely misled. Scripture like Psalm 139 tell us that God is omnipresent, He is everywhere and not confined to a manmade space.
I think however there is another thing we can look at from this verse and that is the evangelistic connection. If Jacob a man of faith was surprised to find God out in the world as it were, what about the non-believers of today.
Take a moment and look at the picture above, what do you see? Green grasses, trees, rolling hills and mountains but what else? Do you see the handiwork of God? Do you see God Himself revealed in nature? Sadly most (even some who call themselves “Christian” do not. But throughout the Psalms we are told the majesty of God is both declared and perceived by man. That is why Paul under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote in Romans 1:18-21 (ESV):
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Friends we need to earnestly pray that their foolish hearts were enlighted.