Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there. Genesis 35:1
God had set His hand to make Jacob a saint. He had given him a glimpse of His ideal at the Jabbok ford, but his nature was not then capable of taking in the Divine conception; and, as we have seen, both in his subterfuge to Esau and his settling outside Shechem, he had fallen back into the schemer and money-maker. In this chapter, God uses several methods of awakening and renewal.
The Divine summons. – “Arise, go up to Bethel.” He had been in the lowlands too long: too long had he “lain among the pots.” The voice of God spoke words of resurrection life into his grave, as afterward into that of Lazarus.
The power of old association. – What memories clustered around that name and place of Bethel! It recalled his distress and fear; the angel-ladder, and the comforting assurance which had inspired him with new hope. Directly he heard it, he seemed to have felt the incongruity of the life that was being lived in his camp, and he said to his people, “Put away the strange gods… Arise, let us go up to Bethel, and I will make there an altar unto God.”
A fresh revelation. – God appeared to him again. For long there had been no vision of God; but now that the idols were put away, his eyes were opened to see Him who had been beside him amid all his backslidings.
Death. – Deborah, the beloved Rachel, the old father – one after another were taken from him; and there came the far-away look in his eyes which showed that he had imbibed the pilgrim-spirit and had become Israel the Prince. So God stripped him that he might be better able to run the race set before him.
Brethren God is doing a work in your midst and in your life and you may not see what is taking place. I pray that someone close to you can hear and see so they can act and get you to the place that God wants you to inherit. Fighting your brethren is not the answer and it will make the situation worst. God is calling on warriors to rise to the mountaintop and meet Him there. I do not believe it is locking you in a room, you are elevated and God wants to send you back with a radiance to His people. Get up and let us go.