When House Cleaning Is in Order
February 23, 2003
1. In (vs.1), Jacob is told by God to go to Bethel and build an altar. You will remember that Bethel is the place where God met Jacob when he fled from his brother, Esau.
a. While Jacob slept, a ladder appeared - reaching down from heaven, with angels descending and ascending. In Gen 28:16-17, the Bible says, "And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."
2. In chapter 35, as Jacob prepares to take his family and his servants with him back to Bethel--in obedience to the Lord, he decides that a little housecleaning might be in order. Notice what he says in (vs.2).
a. We see the response in (vs.4).
3. From time to time, I believe it is good to ask ourselves, "Is a little house cleaning is in order. Sometimes things can get in the way of serving God. There are times when every Christian, every mom and dad, ever husband and wife, every son and daughter, may need to do a little housecleaning.
a. I want to stop right here and ask you a question: "Is it time for a little cleaning at your house? Is it time to remove some things that God has been speaking to you about?
4. You know, people can sometimes hide the trash from others, but friend, you cannot hide it from God. The point is made in the following story:
ILLUS: Rev. Brett Blair writes:
Pilots will understand when I say that Christian lives are often comparable to the disparity between front and backyards of many California homes.
On bright sunshiny days, when you're blessed to be dancing with the clouds, you'll be amazed to see the stark difference between the front and backyards of numerous homes.
You'll see beautiful lush, green, landscaped front yards, one after another, like a Irish gia ...
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