Genesis 32

Posted on December 14, 2009

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Genesis 32

Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

Meanwhile back at the ranch…

When we last saw Esau back in Genesis chapter 27, Jacob had just conned his brother out of his blessing, and then hightailed it out of town.

20 years later, after an exciting journey where he met and married two sisters, had a boatload of children, snuck out of town (again) and was ultimately chased down by a ticked off father-in-law Jacob decides to take it to the house.

Moreover, back to where Esau lives.

And Jacob is about to wet his pants.

So he grabs a couple of guys as PR agents, preps them, and sends them out to spin a good story. "I got money, I got cows, I got sheep, I got goats, I got two sisters who are both my wives (no he left that part out) and I want to be your friend."

His PR flacks go check things and say, "Dude, you are in serious trouble. Your brother is bringing a battalion and he is looking for you."

And Jacob is about to wet his pants. Again.

But then he prayed and remembered what God has promised him:

But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.' "

And then it seems to me that when he prayed and remembered God's promise for his life, his mind cleared in the midst of all the panic and anxiety and thoughts of "Esau and his entourage are going to come out here and (rightfully) kick my butt from here to Memphis" and he began to think more calmly and rationally.

Amazing what happens when we remember what God says about us and our lives.

But also that we are inclined to look for our own solutions' and excuses first.

(I cannot relate much to Jacob through his story in the previous chapters, but I can here…"me, me, me, me….Oh yeah, I'm in a crack….God are you out there…? )

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