“Then God said to Jacob, ‘Get ready and move to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau.’” (NLT)
Jacob has been on an uneasy journey and it’s time to settle down. There are two significant things that take place in his life at this time. First, God repositions him. Second, God renames him. His previous temporary home had been a place of contention. But it’s time to move on from turmoil to Bethel (house of God). Jacob told everyone in his household to rid themselves of idols. Moving to the place God has for you will require a new level of consecration. Verse 4 says concerning the idols, “he buried them.” It’s time to bury past ways, past sins, and past hindrances. Second, God says that he will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, the name given him by the angel in chapter 32. It’s time to be who God called you to be. Wear it, walk in it, and live up to it. When God renames him He also reveals His name in verse 11: “Then God said, ‘I am El-Shaddai—God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply…” As we finish the last leg of our prayer and fasting season, let God re-position you, rename you, reveal Himself to you, and then you will enter a time of fruitfulness and multiplication to fulfill God’s purpose in your life.