Summary: Sermon 2 of series. Many illustrations are not my own, I glean them from many sources.
Monument of Revival - Genesis 35:6-15
Intro - WWII Monument - represents the 16 million that served in the US Armed forces during WWII. More than 400,000 gave their lives for freedom and in reality, for the deliverance of the Jewish nation of Israel.
Ordinary men and women served our country and the world - One was named General Mark Clark was one of the great heroes of WWII. He led the Salerno invasion that Winston Churchill said was "the most daring amphibious operation we have launched, or which, I think, has ever been launched on a similar scale in war." At the time Clark was promoted to Lt. General, he was the youngest man of that rank in the U.S. Army. He graduated from West Point in 1917. At the top of his class? Nope. He was 111th from the top in a class of 139. It is a monument to ordinary people who are heroes for their faithful service.
Memorials remind us of great events and people. We come to another great even in the life of Jacob. All of our monuments will not be Jacob, but the first two will.
Sermon Two - Revival - This is not another salvation, but rather the further separation of Jacob. Growth was needed. But we need a revival, a renewal of the relationship we had with God when we were first saved. We grow cold and forget the freshness of our walk with God. Revival is a renewal of fervor - Ordinary men and women can serve the Lord. Just like General Clark, you may think of yourself as not being great. You may think that you are 140 out of a class of 139, but God sees you differently. God does not see our greatness, He sees His grace! When we return to Bethel, for us that is Calvary, we can experience Personal Revival.
Why would we be satisfied with stagnant, cold, Spiritual lives. A Disciple is one who believes the doctrines of Christ, rests upon his sacrifice, walks in His Spirit, imitates His example, and lives to do His work. To be a disciple, we must return and remember our relationship and responsibilities to God.
Jacob had this kind of experience. - In our text, God Revives Jacob’s Memmory of the Covenant - vs. 6-15 (The covenant was always there!)
I. The Rekindling of the Joy of His Salvation- vs. 6-8 He had come back to the Place! Have you come back to the place? Not necessarily the spot, but the place of Calvary! -
A. The Altar
1. For Surrender - He remembered When God appeared - not the angels that were moving up and down, but GOD! Not the experience, but the PERSON
2. For Sacrifice - Worship
He called the altar - El-Bethel - “The Mighty God of the House of God”
B. The Awareness - He had not forgotten! This is where He met God
When we journey back to where we first met the Lord, we will have no choice than to recognize that the God that has kept us is the Mighty God!
Jeremiah 32:18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name,
II. The Restating of the Promise -vs. 9-13- God Revealed Himself
God is not bound to remind us of His promises, and He will keep them. He reminds us for our sake - Isn’t God good!
A. His Personal Name - vs. 9-10
1. The Possession - Jacob had to recognize he was no longer his
own, but now a prince with God, Israel!
Romans 14:7-9 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
2. The Perception - He was not Jacob, but Israel. God did not see him as
Poor stumbling Jacob, was still Israel (God prevails) to God! GRACE!
Gad has a new name for me! Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. I have a NEW name written down in Glory! God perceives me already! I have grace!