“May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from another” (Genesis 31:49).

The Tower of Hercules in north-western Spain is an ancient Roman lighthouse from the second century. It stands at 180 feet and over- looks the North Atlantic coast of Spain. The structure is 1,900 years old and was renovated in 1791. The tower is considered to be the oldest existing lighthouse in the world still in use. The tower’s name comes from a myth that Hercules slew the giant Geryon, buried his head and weapons, and then ordered a city be built on the site.

As the Romans expanded their empire and conquered this region of Spain, they believed it to be “finisterre” (the end of the earth). This area is also known for shipwrecks and earned the name Costa da Morte (Coast of Death).

A watchtower of rocks marked a separation point in the story of Jacob and Laban. After putting up with his selfish father-in-law for years, Jacob finally packed his family and headed back to Canaan. When Laban got wind of their departure, he pursued them and told his son-in-law that everything Jacob owned really belonged to him. In an effort to look generous, he said he would let them off the hook.

The two men made a covenant to separate and not cross over this point of land. A heap of stones served as a witness to their agreement. The cairn was given the name Mizpah, which means watchtower. God would be the heavenly watchman, keeping an eye on them as they parted.

Over 2,000 years ago another tower was erected where a cosmic battle took place between good and evil. On the cross of Calvary, Jesus conquered Satan and gave us the opportunity to be forever separated from sin. The covenant was ratified when Christ died. The cross is now a tower of light and truth, guiding us safely home.

Dear Lord, watch over me today as I seek to walk in the light of the cross.

For Further Study: Genesis 31; Proverbs 15:3; Hebrews 4:13

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