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「ヤコブはベエル・シェバを立って、カランへと旅立った。 ある所に着いたとき、ちょうど日が沈んだので、そこで一夜を明かすことにした。彼はその所の石の一つを取り、それを枕にして、その場所で横になった。」

1969年の夏、初めて日本の夏キャンプに参加しました。自分の寝床に行った時、驚きました。 とても小さな枕でした。そして枕はレンガの形に似ていました。 寝てみて、その枕はレンガのように硬い枕だと分かりました。(私はいつもフワフワしている二つの枕で眠るので、それ以来キャンプに行く時には必ず枕を持参します。)

ヤコブの枕は日本の枕よりもっと硬い枕でした。彼の枕は石でした。今までヤコブはお父さんの家で心地良い枕で寝ていました。 なぜ、ヤコブは硬い石を枕にして外で寝たのでしょうか。
騙されたお兄さんはヤコブを殺すつもりでした。だからヤコブは逃げなければなりませんでした。 ヤコブが枕にした石はお父さんの家に住む祝福を失ったヤコブの罪の結果を表す石です。

今あなたも石の枕の上に寝ていますか? すなわち、あなたも罪を犯して神様からの祝福を失いましたか。 もしそうであれば、神様の祝福を取り戻す条件を思い出して下さい。

「手がきよく、心がきよらかな者、そのたましいをむなしいことに向けず、欺き誓わなかった人。 その人は主から祝福を受ける。」詩篇24:4-5



And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 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. (Genesis 28:10-11)

Every time I read this passage, I remember an event from 50 years ago. In the summer of 1969, I went to Summer Camp in Japan for the first time. When I went to the place where I would sleep, I was surprised. The pillow was a very small pillow. The shape of the pillow was like the shape of a brick. Later, when I went to bed, I discovered that the pillow was as hard as a brick. (I always sleep on two fluffy pillows, so from that time on, whenever I go to Camp, I take my own pillow.)

The pillow of Jacob was harder than the pillows of Japan. His pillow was a stone. Until now Jacob had slept on comfortable pillows at the home of his father. Why is Jacob sleeping outside on a stone pillow?

It was the result of the sin of Jacob. He deceived his father and his brother. The brother intended to kill Jacob, so he had to flee. The stone pillow upon which Jacob slept was a symbol of the blessings of living in the home of his father that Jacob had lost as a result of his sin.

At the present time, are you sleeping on a stone pillow? In other words, have you committed a sin and lost the blessings of God? If so, remember the conditions for regaining the blessings of God.

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD.
(Psalm 24:4-5)

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