Good morning y’all. Happy Saturday 🙂
Today we in chapter 35 of Genesis. Here we see God instruct Jacob to return to Bethel where He will bless him; Rachel dies after giving birth to Benjamin; and Isaac dies at the ripe old age of 180.
Be blessed 🙂
I’m gonna focus today’s blog on verse 1-5.
God instructs Jacob to return to Bethel to make his home there and build him an altar. Jacob knew that if he was going to obey God, he had to first of all set his family aright. That is, make sure they are all in right standing and pleasing to God. So he instructs his family to get rid of all their idols, to make themselves pleasing to God and put on new clothes.
I want to expand a bit on the instruction he gave to his family in verse 2
Jacob said to his family and to everyone else who was traveling with him: Get rid of your foreign gods! Then make yourselves acceptable to worship God and put on clean clothes. (Genesis 35:2 CEVUS06)
1) Get rid of your foreign gods – that is, get rid of everything that stands in the way of your worship to God. Anything that takes the place of God in your life is a foreign god or idol. It doesnt have to be a graven image you bow to everyday. The enemy is too smart, he doesnt bring graven images cos he knows we will easily recognise it, rather he send those idols in subtle manners.
For example, that tv programme that you cant miss. Wherever you are or whatever you are doing, once it’s time for the show, you drop everything to watch it, yet you figure its okay for you to miss church because you say God understands! (By the way, I used that line, “God understands” too 😦 and I still used it yesterday cos I was trying to justify why I would rather stay at home than go to evangelism at church. I now thank God I finally figured out what matters most to me. I will be going for evangelism after this blog has been posted :)).
Another example could be the boyfriend you can’t live without: Oh! He has to be the 1st voice you hear and the last every night; it’s like if you dont talk to him, you don’t feel complete, yet God hasn’t heard your voice in months!
Friends lets be real today and ask the holyspirit to reveal to us anything in our lives that represent a foreign idol. Let’s ask for the grace to let go of them and get our priorities back in order. Hebrews 12:1 tells us to lay aside every sin or weight that easily besets us.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV)
2) Make yourself acceptable to God – Romans 12.1-2 tells us that we should offer our lives a pleasing sacrifice to God, the kind he will find acceptable. I particularly like the message version of this verse because I feel it makes the verse very practical.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:1-2 MSG)
3) Put on new clothes – You can’t put new wine into old wine skin. If you want new wine, you have to get a new wine skin. Same with our relationship with God, we can’t come wanting him to fill us when we are still full of old junk. There will be no space for the new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Colossians 3:12-14 now tells us that since we have a new life as per 2 Cor 5:17 we need to to dress ourselves with the clothes God picked out for us.
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. (Colossians 3:12-14 MSG)
Dear Lord we thank you for today. We thank you for your word. We ask holyspirit that you reveal to us anything in our lives that represent a foreign idol. We ask for the grace to let go of them and help us get our priorities back in order. We offer our lives as a pleasing sacrifice to you. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Thanks for joining today.
Have a blessed Saturday 😉
***With God all things are possible***