Then God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother. And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, Put away the foreign god’s that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. Genesis 35:1-2 NKJV
God told Jacob to set up an altar where the Lord appeared to him when he was running from his brother. Jacob ran after tricking his father into giving him the blessing intended for Esau. God blessed Jacob after he tricked his father and stole his brother’s blessing.
Jacob had a dream. He saw a ladder reaching to the heavens. Angels ascended and descended on it. God spoke to Jacob from above the ladder. God would give Jacob the land he stood on to him and his descendants. Why would God give Jacob such a dream?
God wanted Jacob to know His servants travel back and forth between Heaven and Earth. His Angels work to carry out His will. God reigns supreme over everything. God wanted Jacob to know He would be in the land He gave to Jacob and his descendants.
God told Jacob to make an altar to Him in Bethel so he would recognize it as a holy place. A place where God would dwell with His people.
Jacob called upon his family members and servants to put away their false god’s and cast aside their idols. Jacob called on his people to purify themselves unto the Lord and replace their dirty clothes with fresh clean garments.
Look down at where you placed your feet today. It is holy ground!
God dwells with His people today. God goes before you everywhere He leads you. The Lord is with you today. He is your rear guard as He leads you and guides you in the way you should go today!
I do not know if Jesus has ever appeared to you. I do not know if Jesus has ever spoken to you. I do know that if Jesus is your Lord and Savior He revealed Himself to you. Jesus is speaking to you today!
God’s angels are at work in the world today. His angels travel back and forth between Heaven and Earth today. The servants of God are at work in the world carrying out His good and perfect will today.
Jesus reigns supreme over the angels who serve Him. He reigns supreme over the people who live upon the Earth. He reigns supreme over Heaven and Earth and the creatures that dwell in them today!
Jesus is calling us to cast aside the false god’s and idols of our day. He is calling us to remove our soiled garments and replace them with garments of salvation and praise.
God wants us to cast aside anything that might hinder us as we dwell in the promised land of abundant living in Jesus today!
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