January 12, 2006
Read Genesis 34 -- 36
Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah, is raped; Simeon and Levi's revenge; Jacob's return to
Jacob continued on toward
Even godly parents can become so involved in achieving material goals that they neglect to train up a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6). This often results in worldly attractions gaining control of their children's hearts and often leads to heartbreaking consequences.
Surely, we can learn from Jacob that material success is no assurance that we are in the will of God. But the greatest lesson we can learn from Jacob's tragedies is that he didn't give up when his situation looked hopeless. Instead, he turned in faith to the Lord, who said: Arise, go up to
Three things that Jacob said to his family have a parallel for Christians First he said: Put away the strange gods — a reminder that old habits of sin must be forsaken. Then he said: Be clean, and change your garments — a reminder to follow . . . holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Thirdly, he worshiped God. We are to worship only God: Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve (Luke 4:8).
Our participation in worship at a church is a very important way in which God speaks to us through Bible study, hymns of praise, and sermons. We also worship while presenting our tithes and offerings and participating in the sacred sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper. Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word (Ephesians 5:25-26).
As God Almighty, El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One (Genesis 35:11). Jesus is the Lord . . . which is . . . the Almighty (Revelation 1:8).
34:2 defiled = raped; 34:3 clave = clung to, was passionately attracted to; 34:7 wrought folly = brought disgrace; 34:27 spoiled = plundered; 34:30 troubled = made trouble for; 35:11 come out of thy loins = be among your descendants.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Colossians 1:13