Genesis chapter 35 marks a significant chapter in Jacob’s life as he returns to Bethel, the place of his encounter with God.
God’s Command to Return to Bethel
God instructs Jacob to return to Bethel and build an altar, reaffirming His covenant with him.
Jacob’s Obedience and Preparations
Jacob leads his household and all those with him to Bethel, purging them of foreign gods and jewelry.
God’s Protection and Blessing
Genesis 35:10 “And God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.’ So He called his name Israel.”
God reiterates His promise to Jacob, renaming him Israel, symbolizing a new identity and a blessed future.
Rachel’s Tragic Death and Burial
Rachel, Jacob’s beloved wife, dies while giving birth to Benjamin. Jacob buries her on the way to Bethlehem.
Reuben’s Sin and Jacob’s Grief
Reuben, Jacob’s eldest son, commits a grave offense by lying with Jacob’s concubine, causing great distress to Jacob.
Genesis chapter 35 portrays Jacob’s obedience in returning to Bethel, God’s reaffirmation of the covenant, Rachel’s tragic death, and Reuben’s sin. Reading the New King James Version enriches our understanding of Jacob’s spiritual journey and God’s faithfulness throughout his life. May the New King James Version inspire and guide your own exploration of the Scriptures.