This is what God gave me today in His word:
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. (Genesis 35:1-2)
We are allowed into the House of God because of the sacrifice made for us; because of Jesus’ death for us. And now God, while we are still on the Earth, sanctifies us.
Explanation of the transquote:
Because of a sacrifice Jacob was supposed to make, they (Jacob and crew) were to go to Bethel; meaning “House of God.” It’s true, granted, that they were supposed to go to the House of God to offer the sacrifice (as compared to us, who are only going to the Heaven/the House of God because Jesus has already died for us) there is a similarity between the two.
Next, Jacob ordered everyone to get rid of their gods. Or, in other words: after they learned of the sacrifice, they were to get rid of all their false gods. Yes, again, in their case the “learned of it” meant they were to go and offer the sacrifice, as compared to us who are purified because of the sacrifice, there is once again a similarity.
New testament confirmation:
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
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. (Genesis 35:3-4)
As already said, purification comes through the knowing of the sacrifice. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection between the two sacrifices; the one Jacob and crew were to offer here, and Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice of Himself.
You are Loved!