Jacob is the one who deceived others and was looked upon as a deceiver, found out there was a higher power involved and to him Jacob must look if Jacob was to be blessed.
It is not as if Jacob never considered this before, but it was the God of Abraham and God of Isaac. Now, this God would become, the God of Jacob. Personal, intimate, and covenant keeping
Gen 28:16- And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
Gen 28:17- And he [Jacob] 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.
Gen 28:18- 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.
Torah reading: Gen 28:10-32:3 Hos 12:13-14:10
The Lord proved to Jacob that He was near, in such a way that the place appeared “dreadful,” inasmuch as the nearness of the holy God makes an alarming impression upon unholy man, and the consciousness of sin grows into the fear of death. But in spite of this alarm, the place was none other than “the house of God and the gate of heaven,” i.e., a place where God dwelt, and a way that opened to Him [Jacob] in heaven. K.D.
Warn Radio Shabbat Service 12-02-11