Genesis 28 is a chapter of journey that started in the house of Jacob and ended in a place that will be called the house of God- Beit El.
An interesting verse of this chapter is the moment when Jacob woke up and said these words-
” וַיִּיקַ֣ץ יַעֲקֹב֮ מִשְּׁנָתוֹ֒ וַיֹּ֕אמֶר אָכֵן֙ יֵ֣שׁ יְהוָ֔ה בַּמָּק֖וֹם הַזֶּ֑ה וְאָנֹכִ֖י לֹ֥א יָדָֽעְתִּי׃”
“And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.”(Genesis 28:16)
Did Jacob didn’t know that there is God or he didn’t know that this is a sacred place and in this kind of place he can meet God or his messengers?
In a nut shell- what Jacob didn’t know?
I wanted to offer that no matter if this is one story or two (according to the sources theory) the revelation of The Lord (verse 13) or the angels with the latter (verse 12) caused Jacob to understand that God is not just written and told as father told him (Genesis 27:27) – God exists and when you see him as Jacob did- you understand and know!
Have a lovely day, Eli