In this passage, we see the journey that Jacob (now known as Israel) has taken. When leaving the Promised Land, he vowed to God that if He brought him back to the Land, that the Lord would become his God. And now, upon his return, he builds an alter to the Lord (see verse 20). This marks the spiritual growth that has taken place in Jacob’s life. The same kind of spiritual growth can occur in our lives. 

Paul Douglas, preaching on Genesis 33, on the 23rd of April, 2017.