Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau
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 womenservants: 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;
8 And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.
K.J.V. Bible Text
You will recall that when Jacob left the land of his father Isaac, he was in fear of his brother Esau because he had tricked Esau into selling him his birthright and then later had stolen his father’s blessing from Esau. Now he was returning to this land where Esau was now entrenched and he was returning as a stranger.
He sent a message to Esau to inform hm of his impending arrival. The messengers returned and told Jacob Esau was coming to meet him with four hundred men. Jacob was in “great fear and distress” over this news. He divided his people and his flocks and herds into two groups so that if Esau attacked one group the other might survive.
I can well imagine that he was afraid. At the time his mother and father sent him to live with Laban and find a wife in that country, Esau had sworn to kill him. We know however, that God has been with Jacob all along. However, Esau may feel after twenty years, God’s will is going to prevail and I’m sure we’re heading for another interesting story.
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