Gen. 35.16-20  Rachel's Death

            Gen. 35:16 “And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. 17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. 18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. 19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. 20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.” 

            We glean the following points from the above:

                        1.  The soul departs the body at death.  The soul does not die, but the body dies.  The soul of God’s children lives on in heaven after the death of the body. 

                        2.  The curse that Jacob pronounced on that person who stole Laban’s idols was fulfilled in Rachel as she died giving birth to her second son.

                        3.  Rachel called her son Benoni, which means son of my sorrow.  Jacob called his name Benjamin, which means son of my right hand.  In this Benjamin is a type of Christ.  Christ bore the sorrows of death for his elect family, then he arose and sat at the right hand of God

                        4.  Rachel was buried in the way to Ephrath.  Ephrath means fruitfulness.  Later the name Ephrath was changed to Bethlehem which means house of bread.  Jesus, of course, was born in Bethlehem.  None is more fruitful than Jesus as he delivers the entire elect family of God unto glory.  Moreover, it is Jesus who provides spiritual bread for his house.


Gen. 35.21-26 Sons of Jacob

             Gen. 35:21 “And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar. 22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: 23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun: 24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin: 25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali: 26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid; Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.”

            In the above we are given a detail of Israel’s journey as he spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.  Moreover, we are given another glimpse of the wickedness of the sons’ of Jacob as Reuben lay with Jacob’s concubine.  Next, we are given a listing of the sons of Jacob which each wife and concubine bare unto him.


Gen. 35.27-29 Passing of Issac

             Gen. 35:27 “And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. 28 And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years. 29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.” 

            Here we have the account of the end of Isaac’s life.  He lived to be 180 years old.  He was married to only one woman, Rebekah.  He lived to an old age and was richly blessed of God.  He was a faithful man and a good example in most aspects of his life for God’s children.  When he died, he gave up the ghost, that is, his soul departed.  He died, that is, his body died.  He was gathered unto his fathers, that is, his soul went to heaven to wait the morning of the resurrection where it will be reunited with the body.

            Esau and Jacob were separated most of their lives, yet were together in the burial of Isaac their father.