SOAP for January 12, 2015 Genesis 35:1-14 The LORD Renews Covenant with Jacob

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1Then God said to Jacob, “Get ready and move to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau.”
2So Jacob told everyone in his household, “Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing. 3We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.”
4So they gave Jacob all their pagan idols and earrings, and he buried them under the great tree near Shechem. 5As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob’s family.
6Eventually, Jacob and his household arrived at Luz (also called Bethel) in Canaan. 7Jacob built an altar there and named the place El-bethel (which means “God of Bethel”), because God had appeared to him there when he was fleeing from his brother, Esau.
9Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him, 10saying, “Your name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel.”a So God renamed him Israel.
11Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants! 12And I will give you the land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.” 13Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob.
14Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil. 15And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him there.
Observation
The LORD renews covenant with Jacob. Jacob first met the LORD in that place (Beth-El—House of God) as Jacob was fleeing from Esau’s anger. (Genesis 28:20-22)
20Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the LORD will certainly be my God. 22And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me. In Genesis 28:22 Jacob vowed wholehearted devotion to God. God was no longer the God of his father but “my God.” The LORD changed Jacob’s name from Jacob meaning “supplanter” or “deceiver,” to Israel which means ‘God fights.’ (v.9)
Jacob instructs his household to set aside any other god they had been worshipping. The LORD tells Jacob:
11Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants! 12And I will give you the land I once gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants after you.” 13Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob. Jacob immediately responds to God with worship:
14Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil. 15And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him there.
Application
God does not have grandchildren. Each of us needs to pursue our own relationship with the Lord. As He makes His will known to us we need to respond quickly by bending to His will.
Prayer
Dear Father,
You are my God and I will praise you and worship you in the details of my life. I will not to hold anyone or anything including myself before You. Help me to be faithful and to understand which way to turn as I encounter the decisions and challenges of life.
I love you,
me
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