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Return to Bethel (26 of 34)
We are looking at some of the characters who are in the godly line of the people of Israel. The Bible says that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We are looking again at the life of Jacob and in particular at Genesis 35 and the return to Bethel.
There are many this evening who need to return to Bethel and this could be your Bethel experience.
Sometimes we think, after we have had a crisis spiritual experience, after we have had a deep experience with the Lord, that all our problems from that point on are solved. But when you read about the life of Jacob you discover that even a totally committed Christian will still have sorrows and heartaches and will still make mistakes. We find that in the life of Jacob and we will find that is true in our own heart and life. There comes those times in our lives when God calls us back to Bethel. God says to us that it is time for us to return to Bethel.
That's what God did in the life of Jacob. In verse 1 God said to him, "Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there."
Bethel was a word that had great meaning. When the Lord said, Bethel, to Jacob it struck a familiar chord in his heart. It was a word that was filled with sacred and fragrant memories. It was there that Jacob had his experience with God. It was there that Jacob came to know the Lord in a personal kind of way. Bethel means the house of God. Bethel is the place where Jacob saw the angels of God ascending and descending on the ladder connecting heaven and earth. It was there that Jacob was to be born again. It was there that Jacob became a new person.
I can almost imagine how it must have been when the Lord spoke to Jacob and said, "Arise and go up to Bethel." It must have moved his heart in a very special way. I wonder if there is some place that is very special to you. Is there some place where you met the Lord or where you had an unusual experience with God? For some of you it may be at ...
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