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Week 3 Day 7
In these chapters, we can watch Jacob grow and mature and become God's man his transformation is not an event but a process
Jacob receives a new name, Israel God's direct blessing a visible sign - the limp a sense of leadership and responsibility
He leads his family back to Bethel to worship the outward cleansing is an invitation for God to do some inner cleansing
Jacob loses his beloved Rachel and father Isaac but the focus is on what he has - twelve sons and the promises of God.
BETHEL REVISITED Jacob goes from the mountaintop to the shadow of death. Genesis 35
1Then God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother." 2Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. 3Let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone." 11God said to him: "I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. 12The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; to your descendants after you I give this land." 13Then God went up from him. 14Jacob set up a pillar of stone in the place where He talked with him. He poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it. 15Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel. 16They journeyed from Bethel. When there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor. 17The midwife said to her, "Do not fear; you will have this son also." 18So it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin. 19So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is,Bethlehem). 20Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day. 21Then Israel journeyed and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder. 22The sons of Jacob were twelve: 23the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun; 24the sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin; 25the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant, were Dan and Naphthali; 26and the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maidservant, were Gad and Asher. 27Then Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had dwelt. 28Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years. 29So Isaac breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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