Promise of Blessing-Genesis 35:9-15

Genesis 35:9-15 “After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him. 10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel. 11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” 13 Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him. 14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.”
Genesi 35:9-15 «Dio apparve ancora a Giacobbe, quando questi veniva da Paddan-Aram, e lo benedisse. 10 Dio gli disse: «Il tuo nome è Giacobbe. Tu non sarai più chiamato Giacobbe, ma il tuo nome sarà Israele». E lo chiamò Israele. 11 Dio gli disse: «Io sono il Dio onnipotente; sii fecondo e moltìplicati; una nazione, anzi una moltitudine di nazioni discenderà da te, dei re usciranno dai tuoi lombi; 12 darò a te e alla tua discendenza dopo di te il paese che diedi ad Abraamo e a Isacco».13 E Dio se ne andò risalendo dal luogo dove gli aveva parlato.14 Allora Giacobbe eresse, nel luogo dove Dio gli aveva parlato, un monumento di pietra; vi fece sopra una libazione e vi sparse su dell’olio.15 Giacobbe chiamò Betel il luogo dove Dio gli aveva parlato.»
 
     Jacob has been instructed by the Lord to return to Bethel after destroying all the foreign gods that have been accumulated by his family and servants. This is the place where Jacob dreamed of the angels descending and ascending and the message of the Lord declared once again that God would bless him and his descendants. The reason for the return to Bethel was to renew his vows in the place where God spoke to him and he made his commitment to the Lord. 
     Like his grandfather Abraham who had a name change, so the promise of blessing to Jacob is reaffirmed by changing his name to Israel. Earlier after Jacob wrestled with a man, (presumably a messenger from God) he was told that his name would be changed to Israel. The etymology of his new name, Israel, probably means “God fights” implying that he, Jacob, had fought with God and with men. It is also significant that Jacob represents a father image while Israel now represents a national identity.
     The promise of the blessing is the same as earlier but adds one more detail. He now hears this phrase, “and kings will come from your body.” Part of going from the patriarch mode to a national one would obviously involve a monarchy. We can trace the national identity of Israel in the Old Testament embodied by the kings. This is a prophetic message that there would be a coming king above all kings through the descendants of Israel who would offer the promise of blessings to all who come to Him. Jesus would be that King!
Pray with me: Lord, I see how You reveal more and more of Your plan as I study the Scriptures. Help me to see that You also have a plan of blessing for me and all who call You Lord and King.


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