Day 5 – Building Altars

Genesis 35:7 NIV
7 There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

“Jacob/Israel is a changed person. When he enters the Promised Land, for the first time in his life he builds an altar to God…The God of his fathers is now also Jacob’s God. Jacob then returns to Bethel, and there builds an altar to God (Gen 35:7), just as Abraham had done before him (Gen 12:8), claiming the land for the worship of the Lord. Because God intercepted him at Peniel, Jacob is a changed person.… Whereas before Peniel, ‘his entire life had been characterized by his determination to seize the promise and the blessing for himself,’ now he sees that ‘the fulfillment of the promise must be the work of God rather than the work of Jacob…God struggles with Jacob, and in the process Jacob prevails—not in the sense that he overcomes God but rather in the sense that by recognizing his dependence on God he is now able to receive the promise and the blessing of God to Abraham.’” (Greidanus, Sydney. Preaching Christ from Genesis. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Kindle.)

Prayer: Lord, because of your great love, we are changed people. May we live in the blessing you’ve called us to. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship by singing, “Yesterday, Today, And Forever” by Passion (click here).