Jacob Cleans House
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, in obedience to the Lord, Jacob prepares to take his family and his servants with him back to Bethel; before he does, he decides that a little housecleaning would be in order. Notice (vs.2), "Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments." We see their response in (vs.4), "And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem."
3. From time to time, I believe it is good to ask ourselves, "Do we need to do a little house cleaning?" Are there some things I need to remove from my life? Are there some things in my home that don't belong there? If we are not careful, we can let things 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, ought to have a little housecleaning. And let me be quick to add; nothing is hidden from God. Hebrews 4:13 says, "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do."
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