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Kejadian 35:1-15 | Pdt. Erick Kartawijaya

God Blesses and Renames Jacob (Listen)

35 God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell 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 garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers 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. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem.

And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. And 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, because there 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 he called its name Allon-bacuth.

God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. 11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. 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 in the place where he had spoken with him. 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it. 15 So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.

Dalam kepekatan dosa, Allah memanggil Yakub untuk kembali kepadaNya, hidup di hadapanNya dan memuliakan Dia (v.1). Apa maksud panggilan Allah itu?

1. Kembalilah kepada Allah (35:2-5)
Yakub dipanggil untuk meninggalkan Sikhem dan pergi ke Betel yang sebetulnya hanya 24 km di sebelah selatan Sikhem. Dia dipanggil untuk kembali kepada Allah, untuk meninggalkan segala berhala, menanggalkan dosa dan cara hidup mereka yang najis. Hal itu hanya mungkin karena Allah yang datang berfirman, menyertai dan menolong dengan kuasa dahsyat-Nya. Hal ini menunjuk kepada Yesus, Sang Firman, Allah yang datang menyertai dan menolong menyelamatkan umatNya.

2. Hiduplah di hadapan Allah (35:6-12)
Allah yang berfirman dan telah setia menggenapinya. El-Betel telah menyertai dan membawa Yakub kembali ke Betel. Jangan lagi menghindar atau hanya mampir. Yakub dipanggil untuk tinggal di Betel dan hidup di hadapanNya, menikmati janji berkatNya: menjadi umatNya, keturunannya menjadi satu bangsa yang terdiri dari bangsa-bangsa, serta diam di negeri
perjanjianNya selamanya. Hal itu mungkin dan pasti, karena Dia adalah El-Shaddai, Allah Maha kuasa. Kita hanya bisa hidup di hadapan Allah selamanya karena kasih setia dan kuasa Kristus.

3. Muliakanlah Allah (35:13-15)
Yakub dipanggil untuk mendirikan mezbah di Betel, agar dia dan keluarganya senantiasa mengingat dan bersyukur atas segala yang sudah diperbuat Allah pada saat yang lalu dan juga agar mereka beribadah, meninggikan dan memuliakan Allah Maha tinggi (El-Elyon), sekaligus menjadi kesaksian bagi setiap orang yang melihatnya. Untuk maksud itu, dia juga mendirikan tugu di Betel. Perjamuan kudus juga dilakukan untuk mengingat Yesus, Allah yang menjadi manusia, menderita dan mati; agar kita bersyukur, memuliakan dan memberitakannya.

Adakah saat ini anda hidup dalam kepekatan dosa dan kepahitan hidup? Allah memanggil anda untuk kembali kepadaNya, hidup di hadapanNya dan memuliakan Dia.

Ringkasan kotbah Erick Kartawijaya, tgl. 16 Februari 2020