6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him.
7 And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.
8 But Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.
9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.
10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.
11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.
13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.
14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.
15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.
K.J.V. Boble Text
Jacob and his people went to Luz, the place where God came to Jacob at the time he fled from his brother. There he built an altar to God.
When Jacob had come there again. God appeared to him once more and told him that his name would no longer be Jacob, but Israel.
God told Jacob to be fruitful and multiply and from him would come to be a nation and a community of nations. He promised him the land he had given to Abraham and Isaac.
Then, the scripture says, “God went up from him…”
I can only assume that this means that after talking with Jacob God rose up into the heavens. What an amazing thing that would be for Isaac or for anybody to see. No wonder each time Isaac saw God he was moved to build an altar to him just as he did this time when he set up the “stone pillar” and poured the drink offering upon it.
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