Talks for Growing Christians
Jacob Prepares to Meet His Brother Esau
Lesson Number 73
- God takes care of His children by the means of guardian angels.
- God takes care of His children by the means of answered prayer.
- God takes care of His children by the means of common sense.
- What does God have to do to get us to pray?
- Of which nation did Esau become the father and founder?
- Why was Jacob afraid of Esau?
- Discuss the angels in this story.
- Discuss Jacob’s prayer.
- How did Jacob use common sense in this scenario?
- Jacob had manipulated Esau into selling his birthright, and he had duped their father into giving him the patriarchal blessing. When they were about to meet after a span of twenty years, Jacob was afraid when he realized that Esau had a small army with him, and he remembered Esau’s threat to kill him.
- Jacob had seen the angels of God in his dream, and now he sees them again (Genesis 32:1-2). He saw not just a few, but a host of angels.
- In Genesis 32:9-12, we read about Jacob praying. He was praying out of fear and desperation. This is the first time we read about him praying. He prays a model prayer: he addresses God directly, he prays in humility, he prays specifically, and he prays on the basis of what God has already revealed.
- Besides praying, Jacob did a few other things before meeting Esau. He divided into two camps, placing others before his immediate family, and he sent presents in successive droves.
- What is the mission of angels? See Hebrews 1:14 and Matthew 18:10. Do you believe angels are ministering on your behalf today? Can you cite evidences?
- Jacob used common sense as he prepared to meet Esau. How have you used common sense in potentially dangerous situations?
- It took a life threatening situation for Jacob to pray. What does God have to do to get you to pray? When are you most apt to pray?
- “Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.” Genesis 32:1
- “Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed...” Genesis 32:7
- “Jacob said, ‘Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother...” Genesis 32:11