Good News or Bad News?

Eildert Zwart

READ : Exodus 32:1-10   Today’s passage contains either “good news” or “bad news,” depending on how you view it. The “good news” is that God is always watching over us, so He sees all that we do and He hears all that we say. The “bad news” is (you guessed it) that God is always watching over us, so He sees and hears all that we do and say. As a child, I was often told to ask myself …

The Path of Ruin

Eildert Zwart

READ : Exodus 31:18, Exodus 32:1-4   How could the Israelites do what they did? They had seen the ten plagues God brought on Egypt and had walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. God had performed amazing miracles, and they had been a part of them! That’s what makes their request for “gods to lead them” so unbelievable. Tragically, this still happens today. The Israelites thought they had a good reason for making their request. Moses had been …

What are You Wearing?

Eildert Zwart

READ : Genesis 35:2-13   As Jacob prepared for the journey to Bethel, he realized that he had to do more than just get rid of the foreign gods in his household. He needed to make a clean break with his past. He and his family had to make it clear to themselves, and to God, that they wanted to live in a new way and be different people. This is why Jacob told his family to change their clothes. …

A Choice and a Change

Eildert Zwart

READ : Genesis 35:1-15   Once again, we see that revival is like a two-sided coin. God took the initiative. There would have been no revival if God had not spoken to Jacob. But, Jacob also needed to respond to God’s Word. Jacob needed to make a choice, and that choice demanded that some changes be made in his life, and also in the life of his family. Jacob had to choose whether he was going to worship the one …

A Time for Revival

Eildert Zwart

READ : Genesis 34:30-31, Genesis 35:1-5   Before revival can come to our nation, it must begin in the hearts of God’s people. This is the lesson we learn from Jacob. God’s blessings should have made Jacob’s life rich and full. But, instead of peace and joy, Jacob was deeply troubled. Something had gone terribly wrong. Chapter 34 tells us that Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, had been raped. When Dinah’s brothers learned what happened, they sought revenge by killing and looting …

A Prelude to Revival

Eildert Zwart

READ : Genesis 28:10-22   After stealing the birthright and blessing from his brother, Jacob ran away from home to escape Esau’s anger. One night on that journey, Jacob had a dream that deeply affected him, for he knew he had been in the presence of the living God. To mark that holy place, he set up a stone and made a solemn vow to worship and serve this God who had come to him in his dream. As we …