Jacobs New Name

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. Genesis 35:1

This Chapter begins with God calling Jacob to go back to the place, Bethel, where he delivered Jacob in his distress. Remember when Jacob fled from Esau along the way he met God face to face (Jesus) the story known as “Jacobs Ladder”

Jacob commanded everyone in his family to get rid of any pagan idols and purify themselves, to come and worship God. When they answered the call of God, terror fell on the cities around them (Genesis 35:5) Remember last Chapter , because Jacobs sons killed all the Hivite men for the revenge of their sister, they became “marked men” for the other tribes. However God is protecting them because of their faithfulness

And 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. Genesis 35:7

Notice the scripture reaffirms God revealed himself to Jacob. How can God be in human form? It was Jesus Christ who revealed himself to Jacob. And Jacob built an altar at this location to worship God, this place is now called Bethel

And 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. And 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;Genesis 35:10-11

God changes Jacobs name to Israel, which means “Wrestle with God” remember the story Jacob wrestled with God one day (Christ) and he blessed him. This is the beginning of the nation of Israel. Notice God says “A nation will come from you” that nation is Israel

And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. Genesis 35:19

Along the way, Rachel gives birth to Jacobs 12th son , Benjamin, and she dies during child birth. Now the location of her burial is the interesting part, she died at Bethlehem Ephrath, which would be the same location where Christ is born

And 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. Genesis 35:29

The Chapter ends with the death of Isaac, Jacob and Esau bury him. And its now time for the nation of Israel to be fruitful and multiply as God has prophesied and commanded

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