Genesis Chapter 35

Genesis 35

1And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.

2Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

3And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

4And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

5And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

6So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him.

7And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

8But Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.

9And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.

10And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.

11And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;

12And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.

13And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.

14And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.

15And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

16And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.

17And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.

18And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

19And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

20And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day.

21And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.

22And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

23The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:

24The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:

25And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:

26And the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid: Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.

27And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.

28And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.

29And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

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13 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 35

  1. Isn’t it amazing that once Jecob told his people, get rid of the jewelry, idols, and unclean things, that soon after this God changed his name from Coniver, deceiver, supplanter, to prince who has power with God.

    Holiness isn’t about what we do but about who he is.

    Our separation unto God is our identity, not a lifestyle we can choose.

    However, when we step away from who we are, acting like the world, we pollute our identity.

    I think at Jacob’s repentance, it made him a candidate for the miraculous.

  2. v19 ” And Rachel died,”

    In the natural we are born in another’s pain, and die in our own.
    The same could be said,spiritually.
    Only through death we can be made alive.
    The apostal Paul says, ” I die everyday by the
    Grace Of GOD.
    JESUS gave HIS life for us. That’s how much HE LOVES us, and if we suffer together
    we shall reign with HIM.

  3. v4 So they gave Jacob all their foreign gods they had and the earrings they had in their ears.
    Hosea 2v13 I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot, declares the Lord.
    Ps 93v4 Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O Lord

  4. vs1 And God said

    There is Power in God’s Word. We are a blessed people.

    Ps 33:4, 6, & 9
    4For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

    6By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

    9For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

  5. Cleaning House

    These verses describe preperation for a pilgrimage to the place where, 20 years before, god had appearedto Jacob as he fled from his brother after stealing their father’s blessing (Gen 28:19-22) Jacob wants to be sure that everything is right between his household and God; therefore each person is to go thru a purification process- physically and spiritually. They are to change their clothes and get rid of any foreign gods. Rachel may still have had the household gods she had stolen from her father (Gen 31:19). Also, the hostages Jacob’s sons had taken from Shechem after Dinah’s rape (Gen 34:29) may have had gods with them. Such a pilgrimage- even just a mental one- to the place where God met us in the past can provide reassurance of God’s continued pressence in our lives. And a little housekeeping of the soul prepares us to meet God, ready for his blessing.

  6. GET BACK TO CHURCH

    1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.

    It is obvious that Jacob had allowed carnality along with the cares and riches of this world into his house and in his servants.

    2 …Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

    3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

    4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears;…

    Time consuming, worship attracting habits, and distractive decorations were left behind as they went up to BETHEL.

    BETHEL “House of God”

    Going to the HOUSE of GOD is always going up!

    There are some things we must leave behind to go UP!

    BE Church

  7. This chapter illustrates obedience. Jacob knew that he needed to clean up his camp and seek God’s face, if he was to receive his favor. We must also clean up our camp (home, lives) and seek God’s face if we also want his favor. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  8. Modern Day Conversion

    v. 2
    Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

    v. 3
    And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

    Put Away Strange gods = A Type of Repentance
    Be Clean = Baptism ( A Washing )
    Change Your Garments = Put On Jesus Christ ( Holy Ghost Will Change You!)
    Arise, Go Up, Make An Altar = Wake Up, Go To Church, Worship!!!

  9. Jacob had made an altar at Bethel before he fled after deceiving his father and getting the blessing of his brother Esau. God always has a way of bringing us back to the place where we “went astray” to make things right and do right.

  10. It’s amazing all the death and loss Jacob experienced in this chapter. Sometimes we think “well I’m straightening up my life, I should be receiving blessing now… right?” when instead we find ourselves in a place of loss and turmoil. Aside from the principle of reaping what we sow, experiencing loss in the process of a journey after blessing may just be the process of faith working in our lives.

    We believe God will allow a certain measure of blessing in our lives to see if we will be good stewards, but likewise He may also allow a certain amount of pain and loss so we can learn a more important lesson: trusting Him with loss and in times when faith seems hardest. We are born into a broken world in a broken spiritual state, we can never truly experience wholeness and abundance if we won’t first trust God with the brokenness and surrender ourselves with it to Him. Part of Jacob’s transformation into Israel is a surrender not just of old ways but the old broken state. A change of heart, of mind, of living, of identity; God’s not in the business of half-hearted, half-way, half-finished, half-broken work. It is His business to continue until the work He started is complete.

  11. It’s amazing all the death and loss Jacob experienced in this chapter. Sometimes we think “well I’m straightening up my life, I should be receiving blessing now… right?” when instead we find ourselves in a place of loss and turmoil. Aside from the principle of reaping what we had sown in the past, experiencing loss in the process of a journey after blessing may just be the process of faith working in our lives.

    We believe God will allow a certain measure of blessing in our lives to see if we will be good stewards, but likewise He may also allow a certain amount of pain and loss so we can learn another important lesson of stewardship: trusting Him with our loss in surrendering it to Him, and trusting in those times when faith seems hardest. We are born into a broken world in a broken spiritual state, we can never truly experience wholeness and abundance if we won’t first trust God with the brokenness and surrender ourselves with it to Him. Part of Jacob’s transformation into Israel is a surrender not just of old ways but the old broken state. A change of heart, of mind, of living, of identity; God’s not in the business of half-hearted, half-way, half-finished, half-broken work. It is His business to continue until the work He started is complete.

  12. God called Jacob back to the place where they had communed before. Today God would that we would return daily to that place in our lives and commune with him.

  13. 13And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.
    14And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.

    Jocab made a pillar in rememberence of what happened there.

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