Genesis 1, 2,
21, 22, 23,
42, 43, 44,
Genesis 32:1 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called
the name of that place Mahanaim.
3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land
of Seir, the country of Edom.
4 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau;
Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed
there until now:
5 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and women
servants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy
6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother
Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the
people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels,
into two bands;
8 And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the
other company which is left shall escape.
Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed
Jacob has his family with him
9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father
Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to
thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:
10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the
truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I
passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
God spoke unto Jacob and told Jacob, I Am with
11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand
of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother
with the children.
12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the
sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
Jacob was the one that done the two bands.
13 And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to
his hand a present for Esau his brother;
14 Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and
15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls,
twenty she asses, and ten foals.
He's saying = Let's buy friends, you can't buy friends
16 And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by
themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a
space betwixt drove and drove.
17 And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth
thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou?
and whose are these before thee?
God told him to go and He would be with him,
what did Jacob do?
He try to buy his way through
18 Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob's; it is a present
sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us.
19 And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed
the droves, saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye
20 And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he
said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and
afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.
Jacob is trying to go without God
21 So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in
Serve God not man, Jacob is leaving God out of
22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two
women servants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the
breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the
hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint,
as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not
let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
Wrestled with a man = With God
God send Jacob to do something, but Jacob is
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but
as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Jacob = OT:3290 heel-catcher, supplanter
29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he
said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed
God change Jacob name to Israel
Israel = OT:3478 he will rule as God; a
symbolical name of Jacob
Israel = OT:410 strength; mighty; especially the
If you leave God out of your life, you're going
We still have people that want to take God out
of our nation
Jacob = contender. Used of the natural Jacob and
his natural seed. Israel used for spiritual
Jacob and his spiritual seed.
Genesis 25:22 And the children struggled
together within her; and she said, If it be so,
why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the
23 And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are
in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be
separated from thy bowels; and the one people
shall be stronger than the other people; and the
elder shall serve the younger.
Israel = "God commands, orders or rules". Man
attempts it but always, in the end, fails. Out
of some forty Hebrew names compounded with "El"
or "Jah", God is always the doer of what the
verb means (compare Daniel, God judges).
Prince = commander, orderer. Here used not to
dignify but to reproach.
Compare Genesis 12:15, princes (courtiers);
Genesis 26:26, chief of soldiers; Genesis 39:1,
officer; Genesis 40:2, chief; Genesis 40:3,
jailor; Genesis 47:6, herdsmen; Exodus 1:11,
Hast thou power = hast thou contended. Jacob had
contended with Esau in the womb, and thus got
his name Jacob, which is referred to here in
reproach, not in eulogy.
Prevailed = succeeded. He had contended for the
birthright and succeeded (Genesis 25:29-34).
He had contended for the blessing and succeeded
He had contended with Laban and succeeded (31).
He had contended with "men" and succeeded.
Now he contends with God and fails.
Hence his name was changed to Israel, God
commands, to teach him the greatly needed lesson
of dependence upon God.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God
face to face, and my life is preserved.
Do you want your blessing?
31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted
upon his thigh.
Jacob said, I have seen God face to face
32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank,
which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched
the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.
• Exactly 2520 years from the exile
of Benjamin, Iceland became an independent nation.
The first tribe to be
conquered by the Assyrians was Manasseh,
in 745 B.C. Exactly 2520 years later America became a nation on July 4, 1776.
• Study the book: Abrahamic Covenant,
(A study outline of the identity of God's people) By E. Raymond Capt
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