Bible Devotions

Hear Obey Worship

on February 25, 2009

Read Genesis 35:1-7 NKJV

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 gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. 3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.” 4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hands, and the earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem.
5 And they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities that were all around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. 6 So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him. 7 And he built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.

As you read scripture think about who is speaking to whom and for what purpose. Look at the actions. See what it really says.

What did we learn about God?

He speaks. He guides. He answers prayer. He protects. He deserves worship. Feel free to add to this list.

What did we learn about Jacob?

He heard God. He was quick to obey. He became the spiritual leader of his household. He directed his household to follow God.

What did we learn about Jacob’s household?

They were idolaters. They did not know God. They did not worship God. But they were willing to follow Jacob’s lead.

What is the theme of this scripture?

Hearing God should result in obedience to God. Obedience leads to God’s protection. Acknowledging God’s protection leads to worship.

What timeless principles can we apply?

God’s protection flows when we are obedient to Him. Worshiping God is a result of remembering how God helped us in the past.

Application Step:

  • In what ways am I like Jacob?
  • In what ways am I like Jacob’s household?
  • What ways has God already helped me in the past?

God Almighty, thank you for your word and your Holy Spirit’s guidance in all truth. Help us hear you and be quick to obey, your protection may cover us and so our hearts may worship you. In Jesus’ name Amen.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade. Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.


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