(1Walk Thru The Word for Today: Gen. 35: 1- 4 (ESV)

(Israel Is Ordered To Put Away Idols) 

1God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” 2So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. 3Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” 4So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem.

(2) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Gen. 35: 58 (ESV)

(Terror Falls On The Enemies Israel Who Arrives At Bethel) 

5And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. 6And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him, 7and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. 8And Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So he called its name Allon-bacuth.  Today we continue our journey through Genesis. This series could be called, “Getting To Know God Through Genesis.” This is because we see how God introduces Himself to the patriarchs of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, just as He introduces… Click To Tweet

(3) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 35: 9-15 (ESV)

(God Changes Jacob’s Name To Israel) 

9God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. 10And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. 11And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. 12The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.” 13Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him. 14And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it. 15So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.

(4) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 34: 1622 (ESV)

(Rachel Dies Birthing Benjamin) 

16Then they journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel went into labor, and she had hard labor. 17And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.” 18And as her soul was departing (for she was dying), she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.19So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), 20and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day. 21Israel journeyed on and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.

22While Israel lived in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine. And Israel heard of it.

(5) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 35: 22-29 (ESV)

(The 12 Sons Of Israel Listed Jacob & Esau Bury Isaac)

22… Now the sons of Jacob were twelve. 23The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. 24The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 25The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant: Dan and Naphtali. 26The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.

27And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned. 28Now the days of Isaac were 180 years. 29And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

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Genesis 33: 120

Israel Must Bury Its Idols Before IT Worships At Bethel

Welcome & Call To Worship: Mrs. Donna LaPoint.  Let’s Pray that God Works In Us To Make Us More Dedicated Disciples Who Bury Our Idols Before You At Our Personal Bethels - where we remember the places where You graciously have met with us, and blessed us! Click To Tweet

Donna’s OPENING:

Today we continue our journey through Genesis.  This series could be called, “Getting To Know God Through Genesis.”  This is because we see how God introduces Himself to the patriarchs of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, just as He introduces Himself to us.

Today we will walk through Genesis chapter 35 where God tells Jacob and the Israelites to “Bury your idols before you come to worship Me in Bethel.  Bethel is symbolic of the place where we first met God.  In Genesis 28: 10-18 we saw Jacob have his dream at Bethel.  That’s where he first encountered God in a “Born Again” experience, where he Awakened, and suddenly became aware of Who God Is and that He has a plan for Jacob’s life.

Today we will see God call Jacob back to Bethel.  This is symbolic of how God calls all of us back to the place where we first met Him.  We each need to periodically be called back to God as our first love.

Let’s pray as we enter worship in song and in the Word!

(7) Genesis 35: 1 – Worship Requires Us to respond to the Responsibilities God Gives Us Our responsibilities in our relationship with god are to be obedient to …

  1. we set ourselves apart to worship God in the manner He prescribes
  2. we seek forgiveness, which is initiated by believing, Gen 15:6 Abraham believed God and it was accredited to Him as righteousness & John 3:16
  3. atonement is made by God accepting sacrifices that satisfies His wrath against our sin, so we obtain forgiveness
  4. we dedicate (commit, pledge) ourselves to God & His Will for our lives.

 (8) Gen 35: 2 — Before Israel Worships At Bethel It Must Bury Its Idols 

To worship God, 2Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him Israel must

Luke 11: 27-28 27As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” 28But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Luke 14: 16 ESV “If anyone comes to me and does not hate (NLT, “by comparison”) his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Matt 15:6 … you have made void the commandment of God for your tradition.”  Tradition =  instruction that comes “from close-beside” Scripture, but is second hand, once removed from the original text and meaning, and which then continues to be handed over and passed on from one generation to the next.

Void = ascribing an authority that is non-binding in God’s eyes, and in favor of which you annul, make of no effect, or cancel what The Bible actually says!

(9) JacobS god (WHO ALSO IS OUR GOD) accompanies and answers our prayers

Gen 35: 3 & 6 3Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress (affliction and trouble due to my own sin, which in Jacob’s case was when he was running from having deceived his father to defraud his brother, Esau of his birthright.  Rom 5:8 8But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from wrath through Him!) and has been with (accompanied, appeared and ministered to) me wherever I have gone.”

This in Gen 35: 6 we see … 6And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him, 7and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, (El = God of Bethel) because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

(10) Israel Sets Itself Apart by Surrendering Its Idols

Gen 35: 4 4So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem.

The foreign Gods included ….

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary on Idols —

An image, form or representation, usually of a man or other animal, consecrated as an object of worship; a pagan deity. Idols are usually statues or images, carved out of wood or stone, or formed of metals, particularly silver or gold.

These earrings apparently had some religious significance, as they were singled out for being elements of idol worship.  Jewelry in and of itself is not a violation of Commandment # 2, unless it is made to be symbolic of items of worship. 1. A magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens, to which wonderful effects are ascribed; or it is the seal, figure, character or image of a heavenly sign, constellation or planet, engraven on a sympathetic stone, or on a metal corresponding to the star, in order to receive its influence. The talismans of the Samothracians were pieces of iron, formed into images and set in rings, etc. They were held to be preservatives against all kinds of evils.

Anything on which we set our affections; that to which we indulge an excessive and sinful attachment.

(11) Israel travels in safety as Gods terror falls on those who would oppose them

Gen 35 5-7 5And as they journeyed, a terror (God impressing on their hearts and minds to dismay and greatly frighten them about how they’ll be abolished, or annihilated for confronting Israel. Proverbs 16:7) from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Jacob is not perfect, but he got God’s grace to be at peace with Esau to even reconcile with him whom he had conflict in the past.

(12) 3 Deaths & a troublesome sin are recorded 

(13) Jacobs Drink Offering 

Gen 35: 14-15 14And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering (of wine) on it and poured oil on (over) it. 15So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel, meaning “Beth-el, the house of God”.

Let’s Digest What Scripture Says About Drink Offerings

(14) God extends the Abrahamic, Isaac covenant to Jacob – Now named Israel

12The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.”

(15) Let’s Pray that God Works In Us To Make Us More Dedicated Disciples Who Bury Our Idols Before You At Our Personal Bethels – where we remember the places where You graciously have met with us, and blessed us!

Let’s Pray:   God, please work in us to make us people who forsake all our idols, so we can arrive at our Bethels to worship you purely! Work in us so we exemplify The Greatest Commandment and “…love You, the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.

Work in us also so we love our neighbors as ourselves — with the love You fulfill in us. 

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