Genesis 31:42-55 gives the account of the truce between Jacob and his father-in-law, Laban. As signs of the truce made between Jacob and Laban, Jacob took a stone and set it up for a pillar and asked his brothers to gather stones and make a heap. Laban called the heap Jegarsahadutha which means “heap of witness” in Syriac (Gentile) tongue, but Jacob called it Galeed, which meant the same in Hebrew (Jew). Then in agreement, Laban referred to the witness heap as Mizpah, meaning watchtower in Hebrew, with God as their watching witness.
For peace between a Gentile and a Jew, a heap of witness / watchtower was assembled. A witness testifies of a person’s innocence or guilt. A watchtower is built to keep watch and guard of impeding invaders.
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Faithful Witness (Revelation 1:5) – who made a truce (peace) between by God and man by his willing sacrifice (Hebrews 10:12-18). For all who believe in him, he testifies our victory over the evil one by his blood (Revelation 12:11) and declares us innocent, not remembering our sins and iniquities any more (Hebrews 10:17). His name, the name of the Lord, the name above all names, the sole name by which man can be saved is a strong tower, and the those made righteous (by believing in Jesus) who run into it are safe – safe from the invading forces of evil.
In other words, Jesus Christ is our Jegarsahadutha, our Galeed, our Mizpah. He is our witness – the faithful witness and our watchtower.
Points to ponder:
Have you made your truce with God? Have you believed in Jesus Christ? In other words, would his witness (testimony) of you be that you are innocent – that God is at peace with you. Believe in Jesus Christ. He is the Faithful Witness.
Are you safe? In other words, have you believed in Jesus, which imputes on you his righteousness (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:22) and as one who is righteous, do you run to him for your safety – safety from spiritual death and eternal enmity with God. He is the strong watchtower, watching out for you. Believe in Jesus Christ.
Genesis 31:42-55 (KJV)
42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.
43 And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?
44 Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.
46 And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
47 And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.
48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;
49 And Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.
51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee:
52 This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.
53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.
54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.
55 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.
Revelation 1:5 (KJV)
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Proverbs 18:10 (KJV)
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.