The Return to Bethel – 1

In Gen. 35, we see Jacob preparing to return to Bethel. He called for three kinds of preparation. First—Devotion. “So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, ‘Put away the foreign gods that are among you’” (Gen. 35:2, ESV). Jacob directed his command to everyone living under his roof—his family, servants, and all their relatives. It signified renewed devotion to God (Josh. 24:14, 23–24; Judg. 10:16).

In v. 4, we read that they all put away their idols. Jacob hid all the idols under the oak of Shechem.

God said, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Ex. 20:3). Yahweh was to be their God alone. All other competitors should be discarded. No one and nothing else should compete for their devotion.

Are there some household gods that you need to put away? Many Filipino households usually have idols here and there. Some people make a god out their money. Some people make a god out of their business. Some people make a god out of their possessions.

To go back to God, there must be devotion.

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