Genesis 35 & 36
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Main Themes Echo’d as a bookend comes to a close around Jacob
What are those main themes? We’ve seen them throughout Genesis
Who is sovereign and in control?
Who rebelled and continues to rebel?
What promises are being made?
At the time of this theophany (appearance of God) what is Jacob fearful of? See
What is happening here?
Sinai like call for single loyalty and ceremonial purity. (We also see this in commands given to Israel by and )
Jacob and his household come to Bethel
He builds an altar
Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse dies (2nd burial)
What are the major things taking place here?
Jacob’s name changes to Israel
Fruitful and Multiply command
Nation and Nations
Kings from your body
to your offspring
This blessing from God comes after Jacob’s singular loyalty and following, but who initiated the process? See verse 1.
This is all God’s work, God’s plan and for His glory.
Rachel dies and is buried
Isaac dies and is buried
How many burial’s have we seen in this chapter? FOUR
All symbolize closure’s to the past era’s with expectation of the new generation to come (Jacob’s 12 Sons)
False Gods - Symbolic leaving behind the family’s past defilement
Deborah (linked to Jacob’s mother) and Rachel - Symbolize Paddam Aram and past familial ties
Isaac - passing of the patriarchy to Jacob
Immediate descendants - children & wives
Moving of the family
If its in God’s Word its important. The more space its given, the more important it can be.
So why is this important?
Why do would Moses take the time to record this for the Hebrews?
Esau was crying out to Isaac for a 2nd blessing for himself
This now shows that Esau, although outside of the blessed Canaan did prosper
What about meaning to the Jews of the Exodus?
- You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother.