And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar to God…
I. THY ADMONITION FROM GOD. How common a fault it is, to put off some religions duty to what we think a more convenient season! Then, oftentimes, God reminds us by some affliction — some loss — some calamity — of our want of earnestness, and bids us do what we had long left undone in His service.
II. THE PURIFICATION OF JACOB'S HOUSEHOLD.
1. The strange gods were to be given up and put away.
2. They were, moreover, to cleanse themselves and to change their clothes. Outward signs of inward consecration and cleansing.
III. THE FULFILMENT OF JACOB'S VOW.
IV. THE RENEWAL OF GOD'S PROMISE.
1. God reminds Jacob of his recent change of name.
2. God reminds Jacob of His own Almighty power.
3. God renews the Abrahamic promise in its threefold form of —
(1) An on reaching blessing;
(2) A promised numerous seed;
(3) A promised possession of the land.
(W. S. Smith, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.