By: Steve Negley

Posted: October 22, 2022

Category: Daily Devotional

Genesis 35:1-15

35 God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel, and settle there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your clothes; then come, let us go up to Bethel, that I may make an altar there to the God who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had and the rings that were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak that was near Shechem.

As they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities all around them, so that no one pursued them. Jacob came to Luz, that is, Bethel, which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him, and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel,[a] because it was there that God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. And Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So it was called Allon-bacuth.[b]

God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and he blessed him. 10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall you be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he was called Israel. 11 God said to him, “I am God Almighty:[c] be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall spring from you. 12 The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.” 13 Then God went up from him at the place where he had spoken with him. 14 Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it. 15 So Jacob called the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.


I would like to spend time today at Beth-El (the House of God.) Speak to me in this place, God Almighty, in words that I might hear. Remind me that you call me by name. (And I thank you.) Remind me that you have given me a land in which to live. (And I thank you.) Remind me that you promise also to be the God of my children and their children. (And I thank you.) Remind me that all that you require of me is a thankful and obedient heart. Thank you, God, for your gracious, life-giving presence. And now, help me to live the lessons of Israel’s story as I become a more forgiving and faithful person, showing your grace in my words and deeds. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.