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Having been told to go back to Bethel and engage in the right worship of God, Jacob leads his household in this worship and then journey's on. The second part of Genesis 35, though, mentions three events that reveal the truth that even though Yahweh has promised fulfillment of his covenant with Abraham and his descendants, and even though this fulfillment is in the midst of taking place, nonetheless it takes place in the midst of certain kinds of failures. It is this union of fulfillment and failure that marks the life of God's people now as they journey on toward the final fulfillment in the New Heavens and New Earth. What lessons do we learn from these failures mentioned in this text and their union with God's fulfillment of his promises?
Justified By His Grace As A Gift
We Presbyterians get a little squirmy about the Spirit because it is that very doctrine of the Spirit that takes what the Bible teaches and distills it into a volatile concentrate of unpredictability – there is little that the Spirit does “decently and in order”
Sometimes, perhaps not intentionally, we give the leftovers of our time, treasure, and talent to the Lord's work though the local church. When this happens, we subtly communicate that the mission to which Christ has called us isn't really worth the sacrifice. Paul offers a great corrective to this problem at the end of his teaching on Christ's resurrection and ours in 1 Corinthians 15. We must know the implications of the resurrection (for now and eternity), commit ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord' s work (without being swayed by the philosophies of our culture), and pursue excellence together with God's people (convinced that the sacrifice is worth it).
Primary claim: Those who know God walk in the light of obedience to him.
"Jephtha: A Man of God" - Sunday Sermon by Eddie Mayes - March 31, 2013 - http://MountainRock.org/Jephtha-A-Man-of-God
Many people look to matters such as Christ's resurrection, eternal salvation, and the bodily resurrection of those belonging to Christ as only having future relevance. However, the Scriptures are clear that these truths must not only affect the way we think and feel about the future, but also how we live our lives in the present. For, if Christ was not risen, then Christianity is pointless. This was true in Paul's day as the Corinthian Christians were engaged in pointless service while Paul was making pointless sacrifices. Such things are pointless, that is, if dead are not raised. However, Christ's resurrection guarantees that the dead are indeed raised. This is the source of great hope for those belonging to Jesus. This hope should be an anchor for our souls as we serve the Lord each and every day. So, anchor your life in the risen Christ, realizing that Christ's resurrection provides meaning to our religious service, purpose for our sacrifices, and the basis for God's standards for daily living.
The death of Christ was a self-sacrifice made by the perfect and holy Son of God, so that we may have eternal life through Him. This death and life paradox teaches us that we must be willing to sacrifice our desires, and even ourselves if we truly are following Christ. We do not do this in sorrow and remorse, but have inexplicable joy that comes only from the strength and power of Christ in us. Commit yourself to Him, and see with the eyes of your heart what is the immeasurable greatness of Christ's provision for us through His sacrifice on the cross, and in our lives every day!