Posted by: wwyeshua | May 7, 2014

JACOB PREPARES TO MEET ESAU – Genesis 32-33

1 Jacob and Esau

After Laban left, Jacob also left the hill country of Gilead and went to see his brother Esau who lived in Edom.

2 Jacob and Esau

Esau was living in the area called Seir in the hill country of Edom, so Jacob sent messengers to him.

He told them, “Tell this to my master Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have lived with Laban all these years. I have many cattle, donkeys, flocks, and servants. I am sending you this message to ask you to accept us.’”

3 messengers came back

The messengers came back to Jacob and said: “We went to your brother Esau and he is coming to meet you. He has 400 men with him.”

When Jacob heard this he was very frightened and worried. He divided the people who were with him and all the flocks, herds, and camels into two groups.

4 Jacob splits the heard

Jacob thought, “If Esau comes and destroys one group, the other group can run away and be saved.”

5 Jacob prays

Then Jacob talked to God and said: “God of my father Abraham! God of my father Isaac! Lord, you told me to come back to my country and to my family. You said that you would do take care of me, and you have been very kind to me. You did many good things for me. The first time I traveled across the Jordan River, I owned nothing—only my walking stick. But now I own enough things to have two full groups. I ask you to please save me from my brother Esau. I am afraid that he will come and kill us all, even the mothers with the children. Lord, you said to me, ‘I will be good to you, I will increase your family and make your children as many as the sands of the sea that there will be too many to count.’”

6 Jacob prepares gifts

Jacob stayed in that place for the night and he prepared some presents to give to Esau as a gift. He took many goats, camels, cows and donkeys and the next morning he told his servants to take them to his brother Esau.

He told them: “when Esau my brother comes to you and asks you, ‘whose animals are these? Where are you going? Whose servant are you?’ Then you should answer, ‘These animals belong to your servant Jacob. He sent them as a gift to you, my master Esau. And he also is coming behind us.”

7 Jacob sends gifts to Esau

Jacob thought, “If I send these men ahead with gifts, maybe Esau will forgive me and accept me.” So Jacob sent the gifts to Esau, but he stayed that night in the camp.

8 River

During the night, Jacob got up and began moving his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven sons across the Jabbok River at the crossing.  And after he sent his family across the river, he sent across everything he had.

9 Jacob wrestles with the angel

After all that had taken place, Jacob was left alone, and a man came and wrestled with him. The man fought with him until the sun came up. When the man saw that he could not defeat Jacob, he touched Jacob’s leg and put it out of joint.

Then the man said to Jacob, “Let me go. The sun is coming up.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go. You must bless me.” And the man said to him, “What is your name?” And Jacob said, “My name is Jacob.”

Then the man said, “Your name will not be Jacob. Your name will now be Israel. I give you this name because you have fought with God and with men, and you have won.”

Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But the man said, “Why do you ask my name?” Then the man blessed Jacob at that place.

10 Peniel
So as they used to do when they wanted to remember something, Jacob named that place Peniel. He said: “At this place, I saw God face to face, but my life was spared.” Then as Jacob left the place he had named Peniel the sun came up and went back to his family that were waiting for him. He was limping because of his leg was out of joint.

11 Jacob keeps the wive behind

Pretty soon Jacob looked and he saw Esau coming with 400 men. So Jacob divided his family into four groups. Leah and her children were in one group, Rachel and Joseph were in one group, and the two maids and their children were in two groups. Jacob put the maids with their children first. Then he put Leah and her children behind them, and he put Rachel and Joseph in the last place.

12 Jacob bows

But Jacob himself went out before them. While he was walking toward his brother Esau, he bowed down to the ground seven times.

1 Jacob and Esau

When Esau saw Jacob, he ran to meet him. He put his arms around Jacob, hugged his neck, and kissed him. Then they both cried. Esau looked up and saw the women and children. He said, “Who are all these people with you?”

13 Jacobs family

Jacob answered, “These are my servants and the children that God gave me. God has been good to me.”

Then the two maids and the children with them went to meet Esau and they bowed down before him. Then Leah and the children went to meet Esau and bowed down. And then Rachel and Joseph went and bowed down.

Esau said, “Who were all those people I saw while I was coming here? And what were all those animals for?”

14 Jacobs flocks and herds

Jacob answered, “These are my gifts to you so that you might accept me.”

But Esau said, “You don’t have to give me gifts, brother. I have enough.”

Jacob said, “No, I beg you! If you really accept me, please accept the gifts I give you. God has been very good to me. I have more than I need.” So, because Jacob begged Esau to take the gifts, he accepted them.

Then Esau said, “Now you can continue your journey. I will go with you.”

15 Jacob says goodby to Esau

But Jacob said to him, “You know that my children are weak. And I must be careful with my flocks and their young animals. If I force them to walk too far in one day, all the animals will die. So you go on ahead. I will follow you slowly. I will go slowly enough for the cattle and other animals to be safe and so that my children will not get too tired. I will meet you in Seir.”

So Esau said, “Then I will leave some of my men to help you.”

16 Jacob builds house

But Jacob said, “That is very kind of you, but there is no need to do that.” So that day Esau started on his trip back to Seir. But Jacob went to Succoth. There he built a house for himself and small barns for his cattle. That is why the place was named Succoth.

Now Jacob did not have to worry any more about his brother because they were friends again. God sure is an awesome God!

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Goodbye, until next time; when we will learn about Joseph’s dreams.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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