Genesis Chapter 32

Genesis 32

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

2And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.

3And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

4And 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:

5And 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.

6And 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.

7Then 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;

8And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

9And 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:

10I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.

11Deliver 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.

12And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

13And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;

14Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,

15Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.

16And 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.

17And 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?

18Then 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.

19And 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.

20And 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.

21So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.

22And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

23And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.

24And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

25And 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.

26And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

27And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

28And 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.

29And 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.

30And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

31And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.

32Therefore 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.

10 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 32

  1. 29And 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?

    Their are many people in the world today, who are “wrestling” with God. They are trying to have it their way getting God to bend his will to their desires, and they don’t even know his name. I am so thankful that no matter what goes on in life, that I know his name. Jesus

  2. HOLD ON FOR YOUR BLESSING

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

    In our complacent, self satisfying society it is so easy to give up, give in or just accept life and ourselves as we are. However Jacob sets a standard and gives us an example of how to live our lives and pursue the blessing and favor of GOD.

    Jacob was wrestling with his own identity. God had to deal with his nature before he deal with his name. The same principal is applicable today, he must deal with our nature to bear his name “JESUS”. Notice Jacob was named after the nation “Israel” and we are name after the Kingdom “Jesus”.

    This is my prayer for all: 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

    That our life would be preserved because we have seen him face to face.

    BE Church
    KNOW Him!

  3. Lets use flattering words, to gain my brother I decieved 20yrs ago’s favor
    (Gen 32:4)
    Fear is causing division…exactly what the enemy wants…
    (Gen 32:7&8)
    Immediately after Jacob prays ..
    (Gen 32:9-11)
    Just in case lets pacify Essau with showers of gifts. He loves lthe outdoors and ivestock, I’ll give him hundreds!
    (Gen 32:20)

    His plan “A” doesn’t seem to be God, some of the “stuff” in his life seems more valuable than God’s promises. He obviously knows the promises because he repeats them back in his prayer to God, whom he makes his plan “B”. He is trembling on his high horse and he’s about to get knocked off. We can see that Jacob, which means “supplanter” or “deciever” manipulates circumstances to his benefit whenever possible. He makes a plan “C” lets pacify my brother, by showering him with showers of gifts so that later, when I get there he will recieve me with open arms. He makes gifts a shield for the people that he is sending over there instead of God. He was thinking so much for himself, and out of fear, he doesn’t know which way was up.
    He finally takes the plunge and sends everyone over to Essau’s, but he stays behind. Every group he has sent before hasn’t been slaughtered, he must be thinking Essau wants to pick a bone with me. He doesn’t care about my people. It was not until Jacob was alone that he wrestled immediately with an angel. Jacob, who has been afraid of his brother, faces God and discovers that loosing can be a good thing. He realizes that God has shown his mercy by sparing his life. To make sure that Jacob doesn’t forget this experience God gives him a new name “Isreal” and a limp. When we too wrestle with God in the midst of our troubling circumstances, we too, may find the experience humbling- and transforming.

  4. NET v30 “Certainly I have seen GOD face to face and have survived.”

    Jacob came to face to face with GOD. ( one on one) His own contact, experience his own encounter with GOD first-hand
    That’s why no-one can do our praying, fasting, seeking,. We must all do our own spiritual efforts wholehearty.
    GOD desires intimacy with us.. To be near The Lord is the greatest pleasure in all of the world.
    (2) Dependency– To come before Him every-day. ” Give us this day our daily bread”
    (3) Odedience– we find blessings in our obedience and self control Pastor taught last Wed. On Authority & Power.
    GOD gives HIS Children HIS very best.

    When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you, If you seek me with all your heart and soul. Jerm.29:13

  5. 28And 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.

    WE are the children of God,and we are the heirs to Him. We are of the Royal Priesthood, a chosen generation. When one is of royality, they get special prevliages. One of which is special training for battle. And when one is of royality, people can see a difference in them. Just something about that person, they act different, they talk different, they walk different, they use other words besides that of todays culture. Being a child of The True God, you can’t act ,think, or talk the same way as your friends. When you become a Child Of God you are now in spiritual warfare and you can receive spiritual warfare training.

  6. True attitude of a repented heart is a “servant attitude” Jacob sent word to his brother Esau that “thy servant Jacob…” is coming back.
    Taking the low road of a servant attitude always shows the true sings of a repented heart.

  7. 25And 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.

    Jacob’s encounter with God will be an everyday reminder of that experience because he now walks with a limp. We must get to the place in our lives that we have that kind of encounter with God and that we will not let go.

  8. This chapter illustrates determination. “And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” We may just have to be as determined to receive what God has for us, Gods ways are not our ways. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  9. Why is it that it seems to be onluy when we are in dire straits do we attempt to get close to God. That may be why we have to “wrestle” so had to get there. If we walked more closely with him on a dayly basis the struggles of life would not be quite the “wrestling match”.

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