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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