1/23/2018 Genesis Chapters 32-34

How often do we make plans for “the worst” only to find out that we are truly blessed if we remain within God’s will?  This thought came to my mind as I read Genesis Chapter 32 & 33 as Jacob prepared for and met his brother Esau.

I can only envision the effort that it took to gather “4 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.”

And yet we see that when Jacob met Esau all of this effort was not needed — Esau met him with open arms & did not even desire the gifts.   While there is nothing wrong in “planning”  like Jacob do we sometime “plan” and not “trust in the Lord?”


  • Artie Shaffer

    Jacob spent that night before he encountered Esau wrestling with an angel (according to Hosea). When the encounter was over the angel gave Jocob a new name. “Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”” The word “Israel “ comes from two words in Hebrew “wrestle” and “God” – so Jacob’s new name basically means “”one who wrestles with God.” This will become the name of the nation that will be formed from Jacob’s twelve sons in some 400+ years. I think the name of this nation speaks volumes, because they will always be a nation that continually- “wrestled with God!”

  • missliz

    I am intrigued by Esau’s greeting of his brother Jacob. Jacob fears the worst because of things that happened 25 years ago and yet we see Esau embrace and kiss his brother. When they are about to part ways, Esau tries to help his brother along his slower journey. Jacob lies and goes another direction and more trouble meets him. A very curious account and one that again is hard to understand.

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