Day 33 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days
Genesis 35 – Jacob Returns to Bethel
God told Jacob to go settle in Bethel and to build an altar there to God. So Jacob told his household and everyone who was with him to get rid of the foreign gods they had with them, purify themselves and change their clothes. When they set out for Bethel, the terror of God fell upon the towns around them so no one pursued them. They came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan and Jacob built an altar, and he called it El Bethel, because that was the place God revealed himself to him when we was fleeing from his brother. After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared again and blessed him, saying, “You will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel. Be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body. The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.”
The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
They moved on from Bethel. Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. As she breathed her last–for she was dying–she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin. So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb. Israel (was Jacob) moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder. While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. Jacob (later known as Israel) had twelve sons: The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. The sons of Rachel’s maidservant Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali. The sons of Leah’s maidservant Zilpah: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram. Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. Isaac lived 180 years. His sons Esau and Jacob buried him. I’m a little confused on this chapter as it keeps referencing Jacob in the later parts after he was renamed Israel.