Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau
1 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!" So he named that place Mahanaim. [a]
3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4 He instructed them: "This is what you are to say to my master Esau: 'Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. 5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants and maidservants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.' "
6 When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, "We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him."
7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, [b] and the flocks and herds and camels as well. 8 He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group, [c] the group [d] that is left may escape."
9 Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,' 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. 12 But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.' "
13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau: 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16 He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, "Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds."
17 He instructed the one in the lead: "When my brother Esau meets you and asks, 'To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?' 18 then you are to say, 'They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.' "
19 He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: "You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him. 20 And be sure to say, 'Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.' " For he thought, "I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me." 21 So Jacob's gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.
Jacob prepares for home-coming. Remember, he stole his brothers birth-right and his blessing. Jacob fled his home for he feared death at the hands of his very dangerous and macho brother, Esau. So, this was not something Jacob was looking forward to, but God had told him to go home.
He meets Angels on the way home, and this proved to Jacob that God was with him. Wouldn’t it be great if we could see Angels in our travels to remind us that God is with us? Even though Jacob knew God was with him, he did made some defensive maneuvers. He sent Messengers ahead to Esau telling of Jacobs return. These messengers were basically begging. They came back saying that Esau was on his way to meet them, and he wasn’t alone!
Jacob divided his group into two camps, hoping that Esau would not kill both. He prayed to God, reminding God that this was all his idea, and then he gathered gifts for his big brother. Then he waited.
Do we also try to remind God that we are doing things for him. Even though God had told him to go home, and He sent Angels to meet them, Jacob still had to pray to make sure this is really what God wanted. He though this may be the end, but he did what God had told him to do. We can all learn from this story, because Jacob is very much a real human.
Prayer- Lord, help me stay the course. Even though things look dangerous and difficult, give me strength to do your work. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do- Read Genesis 32:22-32