Genesis Lesson 21 Day 3

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Genesis Lesson 21 Day 3

Genesis 32:9-21

Jacob’s prayer and gifts Esau.

6) Jacob’s first reaction was panic, but it led him to pray.

His prayer is a good example of how we should pray. He—

  • prays to the God of his grandfather, Abraham, and father, Isaac. vs. 9
  • reminds God of the instruction to return to his home. (He doesn’t doubt he heard God about it.) vs. 9
  • acknowledges that he is unworthy of the Lord’s generosity and kindness. (This shows he was thankful because he doesn’t complain about the challenges he encountered.) vs.10
  • confesses his fear. vs. 11
  • asks God to save him and his family. vs. 11
  • reminds God of His Word—”But you said, ‘I will surely do you good , and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'” vs. 12

Jacob is humble, repentant, thankful, asks God to save them, and reminds Him of His Word.

7) From what he had, he took a present for his brother Esau.

What an impressive gift it was!

  • 200 female goats
  • 20 male goats
  • 200 ewes
  • 20 rams
  • 30 milking camels and their calves
  • 40 cows
  • 20 bulls
  • 20 female donkeys
  • 10 male donkeys

Jacob sent his servants ahead driving each drove by itself with a space between them. He instructed each servant to say, “They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a present sent to my lord Esau. He is behind us.”(Footnote on Genesis 32:13)5

Jacob’s reasoning

“I will appease him with the present . . . and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.”

Guzik says, “It . .  was probably an attempt to buy his brother’s good favor.”1

8) Jacob’s faith

Guzik says Jacob surrendered his goats, sheep, and camels. “To this point, what Jacob refused to do was to surrender himself, truly trusting in God’s promise of protection.”1

Other commentators also suggest Jacob prayed but then tried to appease Esau in his own strength. “He again lacks faith in God’s promise, a prime example of the far-reaching implications of his treachery some 20 years earlier.”

George Mueller, a great man of faith and prayer, was once asked what was the most important part of prayer. He answered: “The 15 minutes after I have said, ‘Amen.’” No matter how great Jacob’s prayer was, his faith would be seen in what he did after his prayer.1

9) Absolute trust

Mos of us have questions about how to hear God’s direction and plans for our lives. Even when it seems clear, events don’t unfold the way we assumed or imagined.

In June 2019 when we began to made plans to retire and move, we had no idea a pandemic would sweep the world. Everything about our schedule and plans changed.

Jacob didn’t expect Esau to head toward them with 400 men, either.

What helped us the most was reminding each other about our prayers and the confirmations God gave us. And of course, continuing to pray and ask for direction for every step.

The Lord wants to lead us. If we truly want to be obedient, I think it will be hard to miss it. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)


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