Promised to kill him
with all his camp was now on the east side of the Jordan River on the hill area
of Gilead in the land which we today call Jordan. He left “Jegar-sahadutha”
that Laban called it or “Galeed” as Jacob called it, both names mean “a heap of
witness”. Jacob was now on his way to face what he feared most, his brother
Esau who had promised to kill him.
He sent angles
was in great distress and felt small and helpless, he within a few moments
could lose all his family and all what he had obtained with Laban the last 20
years. Jacob considered all this, and it terrified him. The reason he didn’t
return to Haran was that God had told him to go home. However, God watched Jacobs’s
heart and knew he needed help and sent angles to comfort him.
many angles that met Jacob it is not said, could have been many and Jacob knew
that God was there with him and called the place Mahanaim and said this is Gods
camp. Mahanaim means two hosts, Jacob divided his camp into two groups, and he
might have thought that each group could host the angles that were with him. Now
with God’s angles to help him Jacob was ready to influence his brother. Jacob
was after his father Isaac had blessed him, the legitimate heir of all that
Isaac had, however, now Esau owned everything and was the chief in the area.
Jacob wanted to do was to convince Esau that he had enough of all, and all that
Esau had was his, with no claim from his brother Jacob. Therefore, he sent
messengers to Esau saying, “Your servant Jacob says
have been living temporarily with Laban, and have stayed there until now; I
have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants; and I have sent
to tell my lord, so that I may find grace and kindness in your sight”. Jacob called Esau lord and himself
servant to tell him that in the mind of Jacob he was the leader and Jacob the
Love is giving
Jacob had influenced Esau’s mind and then he wanted to show him his love by
giving him gifts to assure him that Jacob wanted a peaceful relationship with
him. Jacob had learned that the love of God is giving; God showed Jacob His love
and gave him everything he now had.
also should know that the love of God is giving, John 3:16, “For God
so loved and dearly prized the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son …
If you love someone, you
should give, not only on big occasions, but also in your daily life, every day.
Make it your lifestyle to be like Jesus who gave his life for you. Are you
serious? I cannot find something to give to everybody all the time. Yes,
you can, you can give of your time showing interest, show that you care, and
you can give a helping hand when you are busy with your own thing. Giving is
putting someone else first and yourself behind. Giving is also giving God your
time, consider and thank Him for what He is doing for you every day.
And how did Jacob’s tactic
work out, humanly it didn’t work at all, “The
messengers returned to Jacob, saying,
“We went to your brother Esau, and now he is
coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him” Jacob was definitely in big trouble. He knew what God had told him to
return home and that God’s angles were with him, however Jacob feared Esau, nevertheless,
at the same time, He trusted God. Jacob as we, was swaying between God’s
promise and what we can experience with our five senses, God is spirit and we
are flesh, He is strong and steady, but we are weak and fickle.
you been in big trouble?
did Jacob trust God?
God tell you to do something?