"Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves …” (35:2). Jacob’s command demonstrates that many in his household still owned idols, even while Jacob was trying to follow the God of Abraham. Jacob’s sons answered the shame of Dinah’s rape by revenge-killing a whole town (ch 34), something God’s Law later prohibited. Yet within this violent, tribal, mostly pagan culture, God still spoke to people, and they made an altar to Him.
“The God who answers me … and has been with me” (35:3). No matter how dark our circumstances, God’s lovingkindness breaks in, and He calls us to Himself.