Because of God’s guidance, Jacob had gained wealth even when Laban continued to put obstacles in his way. Reading in Genesis 32, God now sends angels to help Jacob as he boldly steps ahead on the journey back to his homeland in Canaan.
Jacob wants to make things right with his brother Esau so he sends messengers ahead to let it be known to Esau that he wanted to reconcile. The messengers returned with news that Esau was coming to meet Jacob along with four hundred men (v. 6). This distressed Jacob because he feared Esau would be carrying out revenge for tricking their father into receiving his blessing.
Jacob went to the Lord in prayer; pleading for protection. Then Jacob took further action by selecting a significant number of cattle, sheep, goats, rams, camels, and donkeys as gifts for Esau.
Earlier in life, Jacob had seen…
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