Jubilee Evangelical Church
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked... For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor.
Psalm 84

Going to Bethel (2)


June 2, 2020


去伯特利 (二) Going to Bethel (2)

Genesis 35:1-12

My Sermon Notes from May 3, 2020 Full Text:

創世記 Genesis 35:1-12

1 神對雅各說:「起來,上伯特利去,住在那裡。要在那裡築一座壇給神,就是你逃避你哥哥以掃的時候向你顯現的那位。」 2 雅各就對他家中的人並一切與他同在的人說:「你們要除掉你們中間的外邦神,也要自潔,更換衣裳。 3 我們要起來,上伯特利去,在那裡我要築一座壇給神,就是在我遭難的日子應允我的禱告,在我行的路上保佑我的那位。」 4 他們就把外邦人的神像和他們耳朵上的環子交給雅各,雅各都藏在示劍那裡的橡樹底下。 5 他們便起行前往,神使那周圍城邑的人都甚驚懼,就不追趕雅各的眾子了。 6 於是雅各和一切與他同在的人到了迦南地的路斯,就是伯特利。 7 他在那裡築了一座壇,就給那地方起名叫伊勒伯特利,因為他逃避他哥哥的時候,神在那裡向他顯現。 8 利百加的奶母底波拉死了,就葬在伯特利下邊橡樹底下,那棵樹名叫亞倫巴古。 9 雅各從巴旦亞蘭回來,神又向他顯現,賜福於他, 10 且對他說:「你的名原是雅各,從今以後不要再叫雅各,要叫以色列。」這樣,他就改名叫以色列。 11 神又對他說:「我是全能的神。你要生養眾多,將來有一族和多國的民從你而生,又有君王從你而出。 12 我所賜給亞伯拉罕和以撒的地,我要賜給你與你的後裔。」

1 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.” 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. 3 Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” 4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem. 5 Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them. 6 Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. 7 There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother. 8 Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel. So it was named Allon Bakuth. 9 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 be among your descendants. 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.”