Genesis 35 A New Name, Israel, Death of Isaac

In Genesis 35 Jacob gets a new name and a twelfth son, and both Rachel and Isaac die.

God (to Jacob): Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.

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

They gave to 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. And 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.

So Jacob and all the people that were with him came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel. And he built an altar there, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.

El-bethel means “house of God.”

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

Allonbachuth means “the oak of weeping.”

A New Name

Genesis 35:9-15

God appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Paddan–aram, and blessed him.

God: Your name is Jacob: your name shall not be called Jacob any more, but Israel shall be your name:

And he called his name Israel.

God: I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be from you, and kings shall come out of your loins. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land.

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

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

Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Beth–el.

Rachel Died in Childbirth (vs 16-20)

They journeyed from Beth–el; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.

The midwife (to Rachel):Fear not; you shall have this son also.

As her soul was in departing, (for she died) she called his name Ben–oni: but his father called him Benjamin.

Ben-oni means son of my sorrow or pain.

Benjamin means son of my right hand.

Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Beth–lehem. Jacob set a pillar on her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.

Israel journeyed and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar. When Israel dwelt in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it.

The line of Christ is through Judah, the fourth son of Jacob. Simeon and Levi were passed over because of violence (Genesis 34). Reuben was passed over because he lay with his father’s concubine.

Jacob tells what the future holds for his sons in Genesis 49.

Jacob: Reuben, you are my firstborn,

My might and the beginning of my strength,

The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.

Unstable as water, you shall not excel,

Because you went up to your father’s bed;

Then you defiled it. (vs 3-4 NKJV)

Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.

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

The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin

The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid:Dan and Naphtali

The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid: Gad and Asher

These are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.

Reunited with Isaac

Jacob came to Isaac his father in Mamre, in the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. (vs 27)

Buried Isaac

The days of Isaac were 180 years. And he gave up the ghost and died and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days. Hiis sons Esau and Jacob buried him. (vs 28-29)


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