March 7
‘This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you’.’ Exodus 3:14b
Bible reading: Genesis 35:9-15 (Go to the Bible passage)
So often we read in the Bible that God revealed Himself to people. Both in the Old Testament and in the New, God showed His mercy to people.
Nonetheless, in our time and day, when we meet someone who says that God appeared to him, we are more inclined to call the psychiatrist than to thank God for this. How come? Why do we not believe anymore that God will reveal Himself to people?
Nonetheless, the Bible provides us with a very good reason to believe exactly this, for Jesus said, ‘Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me, (…) and I will show Myself to him’ (John 14:21).
But because we have His commandments, yet do not live by them - with the poor excuse that we are only human - we may rest assured that God will not reveal Himself to us.
God did not reveal Himself to perfect people, but to deceivers like Jacob.
Yet there was something in Jacob’s life that made it possible for God to meet him; something we have lost, but need more than ever. Jacob tried to avoid God as long as he could, but once he eventually bowed down before Him, God would surely be Lord and Master of his entire life. To Jacob it was ‎‎’yes’ or ‘no’, not something in between. ‘So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth’ (Revelation 3:16).
God had met Jacob at Bethel, and Jacob had set God his conditions (Genesis 28:20) and twenty years later - after a period of slavery and many trials - Jacob encountered God Who had met all Jacob’s conditions.
Then Jacob wrestled with God. Not a struggle with religious feelings or some vague voice of his conscience, but with the revelation of I AM, Who blessed Jacob when he surrendered to Him!
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