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In The Presence of the Lord

Text: Gen. 35:1-15

1. Read Gen. 35:1-15
2. Illustration: If I could ask the Lord for just one thing,
One request from my heart, the favor would be
To dwell in his house forever, in his house forever,
I want to see his face all my days.
In the presence, in the presence of the Lord.
To gaze upon his beauty
In the presence of the Lord all my days.
To gaze upon his beauty
In the presence of the lord all my days.
To gaze upon his beauty
In the presence of the Lord all my days.
3. Ps. 27:4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.
4. One day we will be in his presence forever. However, we can experience his presence now if we will seek after it.
Proposition: If we will seek after it with all of our hearts, we can experience the transforming presence of Christ.

Transition: Being in his presence...

I. Takes Preparation (1-4)

A. Go Up to Bethel
1. When Jacob got to Schechem, he fulfilled the first part of his promise to God and set up an altar declaring Yahweh as the one true God.
a. However, he delayed in keeping the second part of the promise to go back to Bethel.
b. So God sent him a gentle reminder.
c. When you forget a promise that youíve made to God, He has gentle ways to remind us.
2 He told 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."
2. First, he told him to go up to Bethel.
a. He had to literally go up there because Schechem is only 1,880 feet above sea level, but Bethel is about 2,890 feet above sea level.
b. This was the place that God first appeared to Jacob, and Jacob had promised to go back there.
c. A promise being made must be kept.
3. He was to build an altar at Bethel.
a. Altars are a common feature in the Book of Genesis.
b. They consisted of "earth or unhewn stones."
c. It had no fixed shape, but varied with the materials.

d. It might consist of a rock (Judges 13:19) or a single large stone (1 Samuel 14:33-35) or again a number of stones (1 Kings 18:31f). óInternational Standard Bible Encyclopedia
4. Jacob knew that this was a place of anointing. He knew that this was a place to encounter God. He also knew that preparation was need to come face to face with a holy God.
5. So he told his family "Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments."
a. They needed to put off the old way of life.
b. They needed to leave the past behind them.
c. An encounter with the living God meant a change of heart, attitude, and mind.
B. In the Presence of a Holy God
1. Illustration: At an intersection, the green light changes to yellow; At the theater the house lights flash;
In the Battalion Tactical Operations Center a Warning Order comes