Jacob travels to Bethel, the Death of Rachel & Isaac, Esau’s Descendants

Genesis Chapter 35-36
I. Observation A. Who are the main characters? What do we know about them? 1. Jacob: 2. Rachel: 3. Esau’s descendants: B. When do the events of this passage take place? • The beginning of Ch. 35 appears to follow immediately after the events of Ch. 34, based on the transitional nature of verse 1 (“Then God said…”). Thus, we can conclude that the events of Ch. 35 occur immediately following the massacre at Shechem. C. Where do the events of this passage take place? • As the passage begins, Jacob and his family are still outside of the city of Shechem, after it had been destroyed. From there, Jacob and his family travel south to Bethel, where they worshipped the Lord. Rachel dies somewhere between Bethel and Ephrath (Bethlehem). After her death and burial, Jacob went to be with his father, Isaac, in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (Hebron), just before Isaac’s death. D. What is happening? (Summary of Events) Chapter 35 1. The Lord instructs Jacob to leave Shechem and go to Bethel. 2. Jacob commands his household to get rid of foreign idols and purify themselves. 3. Jacob’s household gives him all their foreign idols and he buries them under a tree. 4. Jacob and his household set out for Bethel; the Lord causes fear to come over the inhabitants of the land so that they would not attack Jacob on his journey. 5. Jacob and his household arrive at Bethel where Jacob built an altar and worshipped the Lord 6. God appeared to Jacob and blessed him, changing his name to Israel. 7. God confirms his covenant and charges Jacob to be fruitful and multiply 8. Jacob sets up a pillar and presents an offering to God 9. Rachel gives birth to Benjamin on the way to Ephrath & dies in childbirth 10. Jacob pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder (b/w Bethlehem and Hebron). 11. Reuben sleeps with Bilhah, Jacob’s concubine, and his father hears of it 12. Jacob visits his father, Isaac; Isaac dies; Jacob and Esau bury him Chapter 36 1. Esau’s wives: Adah and Oholibamah (Canaanites), Basemath was his cousin 2. Adah bore Eliphaz; Basemath bore Reuel; Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam, and Korah 3. Esau and his household moved away from Jacob to Seir 4. Esau’s sons had children and grandchildren 5. Esau’s line included kings who ruled over the land of Edom before there were Israelite kings II. Interpretation • What principles are illustrated in this passage? What is the main theme? How is Jacob different now compared with childhood? What factors influenced this? Notes

III. Application • When we follow God in obedience, he goes before us to lead and protect us. Not only that, but he also molds us into the men and women he wants us to be.