Then he erected an altar there and called it “God, the God of Israel”. Genesis 33.20 HCSB
How did Jacob build this ALTAR? Imagine it in your mind…
The same way you imagined this Altar, should be the same way the ALTAR inside of you should look. There are many people who say, “God is with me”, but with the altar they have inside themselves, it is obvious that God does not live there!
Having an altar within yourself means nothing, because, the prophets of Baal also built an altar on Mount Carmel. Everyone has an altar (Hebrews 13.10), but this altar may be for other gods, or, if the person is proud, it is for himself, like in the case of Saul, who erected a monument for himself on Mount Carmel (1 Samuel 15.12).
There are many people who are authors of the 67th book of the Bible, which is the gospel according to what they think, interpret, like, etc.
They follow this gospel to a T, though, from time to time they add and take a few commas, accents and even entire words, always according to what think, interpret and like. They say they “do not” understand what God says in the Bible or through His servants, but, the truth is they actually do understand.
As Bishop Macedo has said before, it is a matter of obedience or disobedience. To obey is to place your sacrifice on the Altar of God; to disobey is to “sacrifice” yourself on an altar that is not of God. This is why the life of the disobedient is the way it is, and God, because He has been excluded from it, can’t do anything to help.
Jacob and all the men who erected altars to the God of Israel knew that, to erect them, it would require much more than just placing stones on top of stones. In the following verses, we can see how Jacob was aware of what was necessary to build an Altar to the God of Israel:
Then God said unto Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make there an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.” And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God…” Genesis 35.1-3
Before making an ALTAR for God, he tried to “clean up” by removing his family’s statues of the false gods, purifying everyone and even changing their clothes, which were contaminated by the filth of this world. Then “let us arise” (and not “descend” – which would be easier) to erect the Altar. Once the altar was built, God was with Jacob, just like He was with Abraham and Isaac. Jacob glorified God with his life, for God (The Altar) was in him.
The same will happen in our lives. Do you believe?