Genesis Chapter 32 (Review)

  1. And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

Then Jacob met with him and the Angels of God met with him.

  1. And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim [two hosts or camps].

Jacob saw them and recognized instantly, and he named the place….hosts/camp

  1. And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom

Then Jacob sent messengers unto Esau.

  1. 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:

He then told them to tell ‘his lord’ Esau that his servant Jacob has served with Laban all these years (20 years).

  1. 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.

I have stock, souls, goods…and I’m telling you that I may find Favour in your eyes.

  1. 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.

And they returned to Jacob and said…we delivered. He as well is on his way to you. With 400 men.

  1. 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;

And Jacob was afraid. Then he quickly split all his property and people into two and told one to part.

  1. and said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

And he said if Esau will attack and destroy one half, at least the other will escape.

  1. 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
  2. I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast showed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
  3. 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.

Jacob then called upon God and told God to deliver him from the hand of Esau.

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I am afraid that he will kill me, the mothers and children.

  1. 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.

Because you God said you will be with me and make me a multitude.

  1. And he lodged there that same night ; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;

Then he stayed there that night and got a present for Esau.

  1. two hundred she goats and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
  2. thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine and ten bulls, twenty she asses and ten foals.
  3. 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.

So he split his goods and flock in the numbers mentioned and gave them into his servants and told them to go before him and keep a distance between each other.

  1. 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?
  2. 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.

When Esau sees you and asks who you are and where you’re from, tell him you’re from Jacob. And this is his present to you. And tell him I am behind you.

  1. 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.

And he told the same to the second and third servant.

  1. 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.

Tell him I am behind you. But I send the gifts first before he sees my face and accepts me.

  1. So went the present over before him; and himself lodged that night in the company.

But Jacob remained there that night.

  1. And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
  2. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.

That night as well, he sent his wives, sons and all his property across.

  1. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

He remained there alone again. And he wrestled a man from night till morning. Where the man came from, we don’t know. What led to the wrestling, we don’t know.

  1. 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.

When the man saw the way the battle was going, he touched the hollow of Jacobs’s thigh and instantly, it went out of joint.

  1. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

And the man said…let me go. It is dawn. Jacob said…I will not let you go unless you bless me.

  1. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

And the man asked him….what is your name? And he said ‘Jacob’.

  1. 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.

From now onwards, your name is Israel. A prince of God/one who contends with God. Because you have power with God and man. You can withstand both.

  1. 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.

And Israel asked for his name. And he said…why do you want to know my name? And he blessed Israel there.

  1. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel [the face of God]: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

And Israel named the place Peniel saying …I have seen the face of God and my life was spared. (It was said that if you see God, you’re dead or you’d die)

Now, I’m guessing many people did not identify the difference between Angels and God because they bow down to both and speak to the Angel as God…and remember that Ex-Jacob…now Israel was in a place he named Gods camp because the hosts of God were present. So it is believed that Jacob wrestled an angel of God and became Israel.

  1. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.

Then in the hour of the sun, he forced his thigh bone into place./he was limping on his hip.

  1. 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.

And for this reason, that part on the body of animals is not eaten.

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