Jacob sought the Lord in his times of trouble and the Lord didnt let him down!
God also renamed Jacob Israel, which we now know as the nation of Israel and his sons are the twelve tribes of Israel mentioned throughout the bible from Genesis to Revelations.
Jacob looks up to see Esau coming with 400 men…WOW can you imagine how he felt?.
So he prioritizes the ones of least importance to himself first. This would be the maidservants of Rachel and Leah with their children. Then the next group was Leah and her children. Then finally Rachel and Joseph (their only son at this time).
Why would he do something like this?
Well, verse 3 says that Jacob went before them, meaning he would meet Esau first, and just in case Esau decided to kill Jacob and his family, the ones that were first in line would be killed first as the others could possible escape. So Jacob put his favorites in the back, which were Rachel and Joseph.
• Gen 33:4 But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
Everything Jacob had feared was all for nothing. God told Jacob that He would be with him and protect him and his family. But somehow he didn’t trust God 100%, that’s why he put his families in ranks, just in case God wasn’t right.
Now we can say, “Jacob, you should have trusted God, after all he spoke to you, you wrestled with him, God renamed you, and you had His word on it.”
It’s so easy to read about these guys in the bible and want to encourage them on, because we know what God does in their lives.
But they didn’t have the bible to read; they didn’t know the future even though they had God’s word spoken to them.
We go through the same thing; only after God has done something do we truly believe He can do it. That kind of mindset is truly a lack of faith.
• Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The key words here for us today are, “things not seen”.
Jacob had God’s promise but he couldn’t see it like we can in the bible. It’s like seeing the end of a movie, then going back and watching it from the beginning.
Since you saw the end, you know what’s going to happen.
But you know what? We have seen the end of the movie, we know what’s going to happen to us, whether you’re a believer or not.
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, and you have read through the whole bible, then you have seen the end of the movie! We know we end up in heaven and will be with the Lord. We know we are victorious….even in death.
• Psalms 56:11 In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
• Psalms 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
• Heb 13:6 So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
So Jacob and Esau finally get together after 20 years, and it was nothing like Jacob expected. He was ready for the worst, but God gave him the best.
And God was not through with him yet! Just like many individuals in Genesis, Jacobs faithfulness caused him to receive the blessings God already had in store for him.
Don’t be anxious in well doing, stay committed and diligent to God. Blessings will soon follow your faithfulness!