Genesis Lesson 22 Day 4

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Genesis Lesson 22 Day 4

Genesis 35

God repeats his call for Jacob to return to Bethel.

9) Elohim’s command to Jacob

  • Arise, go up to Bethel and live there. (Where God said to go in the first place. Genesis 31:13)
  • Make an altar there. (Resume a life of worship.)1

The only cure for worldliness is to separate from it (Barnhouse).*

Bethel is the name Jacob gave to the place where he dreamed about the ladder that reached from earth to heaven with angels ascending and descending and Yahweh was standing above it. (Genesis 28:10-22) That was Jacob’s first encounter with Elohim.

Elohim identifies Himself as the same God who appeared to him at Bethel when he fled from Esau. It’s interesting that God called the place by the name Jacob gave it. Naming things was one of the tasks God gave to the first man, Adam.

Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. (Genesis 2:19)

In his first encounter at Bethel, the Lord spoke the following promises to Jacob from heaven saying,

I am Yahweh, the Elohim of you grandfather Abraham and the Elohim of Isaac (NOG).  The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you (Genesis 29:13-15).

Jacob made a vow to God that day saying,

If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you (Genesis 29:20-22).

10) Jacob steps into a godly leadership role.

Jacob gives the following instructions to his family:

  • Get rid of your foreign gods. (Rachel [Genesis 31:19] wasn’t the only one with idols.) They also got rid of their earrings which apparently had a pagan connection.

He had not said anything about their earrings. Was there any hurt in their earrings? For a woman to wear an earring is not such a dreadful thing, is it? Perhaps not, but I suppose that these earrings were charms, and that they were used in certain incantations, and heathenish customs. It must have been a very sad discovery to Jacob, who himself could not have endured it, to find that wicked superstitions had come into his tents. (Spurgeon)

Interesting that Jacob collected all the idols and earrings but hid them under an easily identifiable terebinth tree. “In Palestine, this tree assumes noble proportions, especially in situations when, from its association with some sacred tomb, it is allowed to flourish undisturbed. It is in such situations not infrequently as much as 40 ft. high and spreads its branches, with their thick, dark-green foliage, over a wide area.” E.W.G. Masterman, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Biblehub.com

  • Purify yourselves.
  • Change your clothes. (Symbolic of an important step and spiritually significant.)

—save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh (Jude 23).

—to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).

11a) God’s characteristics and attributes

—Elohim speaks to Jacob, gives instructions, identifies himself as “I am” “El.” (Genesis 35:1)

—The God who answers me when I’m troubled and is with me wherever I go. Genesis 35:3

—Caused the people nearby to be terrified of them as a way of protection. (Genesis 35:5)
(Spirit of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2)
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them (Psalm 34:7)

They needed protection from the Canaanites who now hated them after the massacre.

—Elohim who appears (Hebrew word translated appears is the verb to see)4 Guzik says this means in bodily form.1 (Genesis 35:9-10)

God again reminded Jacob about the name change from supplanter/deceiver to Israel which means God strives.
Stop being Jacob. You are a prince, a new man. This is could be a direct reference to the all night wrestling match in Genesis 32.

—I am El Shaddai—God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply—The same instruction God gave to Adam (Genesis 1:28) and to Noah (Genesis 9:7). (Genesis 35:11-12)

—”Then God went up [ascended]4 from the place where he talked with him (Genesis 35:13).” Jesus also went up—ascended—in this way. (Acts:9)

b) Encouraging reminders

Psalm 91 was a comfort during the plague of 2020.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence [plague].
He will cover you with his pinions [feathers]
and under his wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

Such a shame we need so many wake-up calls en-route to the person we need to become.

12) Family challenges Genesis 35:16-29

Rachel went into labor with severe pain while they traveled. She died immediately after giving birth.

Reuben slept with Bilhah his father’s concubine. Israel heard about it but there’s no mention that he confronted his son about it.

At long last, Jacob (the verse switches back to the name Jacob) came home to his father Isaac. “Isaac breathed his last, and he died. . . And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him Genesis 35:29.”


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