Genesis 32



Genesis 32

Genesis 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10,11,12,13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50
 
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 sight.

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;
  • Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed
  • Jacob has his family with him
8 And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

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:
  • God spoke unto Jacob and told Jacob, I Am with you
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.
  • Jacob was the one that done the two bands.
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.

13 And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;
  • He's saying = Let's buy friends, you can't buy friends
14 Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,
 
15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.

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.
  • God told him to go and He would be with him, what did Jacob do?
  • He try to buy his way through
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?

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 find him.
  • Jacob is trying to go without God
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.
  • Serve God not man, Jacob is leaving God out of
21 So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.

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 had.
 
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
  • Wrestled with a man = With God
  • God send Jacob to do something, but Jacob is messed up
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.
  • Man cannot fight God
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
  • Now Jacob is praying
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
  • Jacob = OT:3290 heel-catcher, supplanter
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
  • 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 Almighty
  • If you leave God out of your life, you're going to lose
  • 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 Lord.
    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, taskmasters
  • 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 (27).
  • 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.
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 him there.
  • Do you want your blessing?
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
  • Jacob said, I have seen God face to face
31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.

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 - page 25
 
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