So Jacob was traveling east, to the land where his grandfather Abraham was born. He was also hoping to choose a wife from his grandfather’s family.
When he reached a certain place he stopped to spend the night. He took a large stone and rested his head on it and went to sleep.
As he slept, Jacob had a dream. In his dream there was a ladder that reached from the ground all the way up to heaven. There were angels running up and down the ladder. He looked and saw God himself standing at the top of the ladder. God spoke to Jacob and told him that he was going to bless him and his people and that he would watch over him and keep him wherever he went.
When Jacob woke up he said, “Surely the Lord is in this place.” Then he took the stone he had used for a pillow and poured oil on it. He named the place Bethel, which means the house of the Lord.