Today you should read: Genesis 35:1-28
Has there ever been a time when you felt God calling you to a higher level of devotion and it completely freaked you out? I’m not talking about Him calling you to have a quiet time. Let’s be honest – the God of the universe is worthy of our time and attention. The type of devotion I am talking about is one that calls you to sacrifice, to completely change a habit, and maybe even to rearrange your schedule based upon what He desires of you.
To a certain extent, this is what is going on with Jacob and his family. In verse 1, the text makes clear that it has been a long time since Jacob has met with God at Bethel. Evidently, some things had shifted in the life of Jacob as well as in his family since his first visit to Bethel. Jacob senses God’s call, and a closer look at his family leads us to ask some questions…
1) Verse 2: Jacob calls his family and all those who were with him to put away foreign idols
Question: Why were they worshipping idols?
2) Verse 2: Jacob calls his family and all those who were with him to purify themselves and change their garments.
Question: Why did they need to be purified?
So I ask you…
1) Are you worshipping any idols? Here are a few that I have to destroy daily: TV, Facebook, books and knowledge, praise of man, freedom (being a guy who does what he wants when he wants), and many more.
Hear me clearly: I am not saying these things are bad in and of themselves. But when they become a God-substitute – when I know that God is calling me to act according to His voice – these things become idols.
2) In what ways does your devotion to Christ need to change?
The question I ask myself is this: “Do I find my complete satisfaction in Christ alone?” The only way I will be able to destroy idols is if I seek Him and savor Him for all He is as Lord and Savior of my life.
Now it’s time to dig in. Jacob was called by God to return to Bethel. This is a big deal. Jacob’s devotion during his first experience with God at Bethel is drastically different than it is at this point in scripture. God is calling him back to radical and fearless devotion to Himself and Him alone. This journey back to Bethel signifies a new chapter in Jacob’s life which more closely resembles the type of faith that he had the first time at Bethel.
– Is your passion for Christ as steadfast and unshakable as it was when you first put your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior?
– Is God calling you to a higher level of devotion and, if so, what does this look like in your life?
– What idols in your life need to be destroyed?
– In what ways does Jacob’s leadership (calling his people to get rid of anything that distracted their thoughts from God and to purify themselves) impact you?
Posted by: Zach Monroe