Gen. 35:7 And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.
By Richard Lodwick
I pray that this series is helpful and changes your life. Altars are so important to God.. and they should be to us also. No, we do not have stone or wooden altars, but how about our heart… and our life? Should there not still be one? I don’t want these lessons to be just a bunch of neat facts. Let us never study our Bible that way! Altars are where sacrifice and remembrance is made. It is where we approach God! We do not sacrifice animals or the like, but how about Heb. 13:15?
Review now, Gen. 35:1-6. Remember our last lesson? Look at the name here. What a verse. El- Beth-El. “The GOD of the House of God” What a moving there had been in Jacob’s heart! Let this not be just another verse or passage. Ponder this one. See the heart change and moving back to God, in Jacob. Matthew Henry says, The comfort which the saints have in holy ordinances is not so much from Bethel, the house of God, as from El-beth-el, the God of the house. The ordinances are but empty things if we do not meet with God in them. Oh, that special place where we meet with God! Do you have one? And, is our church one? Do we see it that way? Let’s not get caught up in ritual, or tradition, or the like, but seek EL-Beth-El. The God of the House of God. Is that not why God told him to go back there?
Now without getting too far ahead, I want you to look at a few other verses. Ex. 17:15 (Jehovah is my banner), Jud. 6:24 (Jehovah is my peace), & back to Gen. 22:14 (Jehovah sees OR In the Mount of the Lord, it shall be seen). Note well that Gen. 22:15 was on Mt. Moriah, meaning Chosen of God. Here Solomon’s temple was built, on the spot that had been the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite (2Samuel 24:24,25; 2Chr 3:1). Here that the Dome of the Rock sits this very day. My, my! Special places on this earth, to God! Gotten away from yours? Arise, go up to Bethel!
Now, look at Gen. 35:7-9. Are we beginning to see how God works in some of these special places? Got one in your daily life yet? These men could have just blown right by such places, but they didn’t. And, God used them in their lives. He can us, too! Now look at 35:11. Almighty there is “The Almighty Shaddai.” Let us not miss the power of these passages!
To close, read 35:11-15. THIS is what obedience and reverence for God got him. Can for us, too! Meditate on these last verses this week, daily perhaps, and keep close what you have gotten so far in this series! Honor God, daily, in a special place; your place to meet with Him alone, a special place, His place alone, and see what happens in your life. I’m telling you, it will be more powerful than you have ever imagined. Without resistance of the world and flesh? No! But well worth the discipline.
All CBBI Mini-series are authored by Richard Lodwick.