Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God
2 When Jacob saw them, he
said, "This is the camp of God!" So he named that
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, and the flocks and herds and camels as
8 He thought, "If Esau comes
and attacks one group, the group that is left may
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
I had only my staff when I
crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two
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
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
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
is the Word of the Lord --- It is meant to change
the way we think, and the way we live.
by Bob Pardue
Jacob prepares to
meet Esau and is afraid for his life
Would you be scared? Boy, I
Here is a fearsome warrior
coming at me with four hundred men and I'm the one
who stole his birthright and his blessing. You'd
better believe I'd be scared for my life
The very last time Jacob and
Esau were together his brother had promised to kill
him for what was done to him.
The only thing holding Esau
back from killing Jacob was their
father, who now was
dead. The buffer zone was gone and Jacob fully
understood the gravity of the situation.
Turning It Over to
It had been 20 years since
Jacob had seen his brother and fear had overcome
him. But, do you know
what Jacob did after he gathered his thoughts? He
The next time you find
yourself in what you feel is a desperate situation,
take the time out to pray to God.
He does listen and you'll
find that many times things work out for the best
if you'll just ask God to step in and take over
Help for the
Will He always answer in the
way you expected?
No, but just turning problems
over to God will help relieve the worry and stress.
Stay tuned for how this story
ends and remember, nothing is too big for
Love in Christ
If you haven't yet made a
decision to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
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to do next.