I see a theme developing here. Jacob is coming to the end of the journey that God has him on. It started with him running from Esau and now it will be concluded in this last portion of the journey to Bethel. When the OT starts talking about death, and giving us genealogies it is because one part of the bigger storying is ending and another one is beginning. This is important because we know when we see one of these transitions we will start looking for how God is moving the story along and what the promises of the time period are. God reiterates His promises to Jacob, and Jacob sets up an altar.
One thought I can’t get out of my head is the section where he tells his clan to get rid of all their idols. Idols in the OT represent anything that they thought would bring luck or good fortune, paid homage to one of the pagan gods or was used for protection. God is the One and Only. He told them to put their faith in HIM alone. So believing in idols was a sin (action of unrighteousness). In this story we see that on this journey Jacobs clan has collected idols along the way. These were from all the people that were in the Land. These “pagan” people did not believe or put their faith in God.
What stuck me was that Jacobs clan was on a journey set out by God. They knew Jacob wrestled God, God protected them and that God was ultimately going to bless them. And yet, they collected idols on there journey. It was a gut check for me. I think we can apply this same consideration and consecration in our lives. I think checking in with God and saying, '“Lord, what idols have I picked up to cope with daily life?” Our church is going through a series called “Travel Light.” We are talking about not getting stuck in our faith journey. Well, harboring an idol is a surefire way to get stuck. I will go ahead and be the first one to confess an idol I have picked up—FOOD! To comfort myself I eat, instead of going to God. I seek my idol to give me comfort instead of allowing God the Father to be my comfort. Lord, I lay that idol down at your feet. If you feel embolden leave your confession of an idol you are carrying in the comments. We can all lay one down today, pray for each other and consecrate ourselves!
Matthew 12: 1-21
To carry on our idol theme we see the Pharisee’s making the rules of God and idol. They are placing their rules above the ACTUAL LORD AND SAVIOR! Jump back! Check your heart! Raise your hand if you are guilty of this too! 🙋🏼♀️
Psalm 15: 1-5
Psalms like this make me so thankful for Jesus. I use to read something like this, a list of “correct behavior” and say to myself, “Oh yeah, I got this! I can do all that!” That is so prideful. Now I know I should read a list like this and go, “Jesus please save me! I can’t be righteous without you!”
Proverbs 3: 21-26
There is so much I could write about this proverb! I will sum it up like this:
Using common sense and discernment = sound sleep!
Have a great day!