First hand experience

Anybody here ever have an occasion as a small child when mommy or daddy would tell you not to touch the stove because it was hot? Then one time they let you touch it, because it was only warm and wouldn’t hurt you but would get your attention. That is called first hand experience. You have gone from having the knowledge of that the stove could be dangerous to now knowing that it is dangerous and must be respected.
In Genesis 28:18 the Bible records, “And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up fora pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.”
Over night Jacob had had his own personal experience with his God. No longer was it just dear old daddy talking to him about God, now it was him talking with God. That first hand experience taught him very quickly a little about God that he hadn’t understood before hand.
Granted there are many things in this life that we don’t nee to find out for ourselves but our own experience should work with the knowledge others have shared with us to keep us from gaining our own personal experience in the wrong subjects. As far as God goes though He wants us to find out for ourselves as much about Him as possible.

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