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Personal Revival (26 of 32)
CONTEXT: Remember where we left off in Chapter 34? Dinah the daughter of Jacob had been violently assaulted, held hostage by her attacker. In a fit of violent revenge two of Jacob's son had murdered an entire city possibly as many as 200 men. Remember Jacob's response? Genesis 34:30-31 (NAS)
30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble on me by making me odious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and my men being few in number, they will gather together against me and attack me and I will be destroyed, I and my household." 31 But they said, "Should he treat our sister as a harlot?"
So Jacob is at odds with his sons, they are operating apart from his authority and the terror of the people gripped Jacob's heart.
Now skip ahead to Genesis 35:5 (NAS)
5 As they (that is Jacob and his family) journeyed, there was a great terror upon the cities which were around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.
What happened that caused the terror to shift from Jacob to the people?
I believe Jacob experienced a personal revival of sorts.
INTRODUCTION: Throughout Church history there has been a discussion as to the nature of revival. Is it God initiated or Man initiated?
In order to properly answer this question we must first clarify what we are referriing to when we say, "Revival".
• When some say revival they simply mean a series of meetings held at the church where we sing longer than ususal and bring in a preacher that inevitably wears a red jacket and preaches on hell.
• Others call it revival when there is an intense emotional experience, the more far out the emotional extasy the more of a revival that was experienced. However with time we recognize that while humans are emotional creatures they are rarley able to maintain any comittment on emotion alone. You can get as emotional as you wish, but without ...
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