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Jacob Lesson 11 – We are in God’s camp

(Read Genesis 32:1-12)

Discussion points

  1. In all situation and at all times, God is always with his own. God sent angels to meet Jacob even as he started his journey. (verse 1)
  2. The revelation of God’s presence and care was manifested after Jacob finally separated from Laban. Jacob’s eyes were open and he saw the host of God’s Angels. This brought a great assurance and encouragement to him. (verse 2)
  3. Separation from the world brings greater insight to the believer – Jacob soon realised he was not alone, he noted that he was in God’s camp. (verse 2)
  4. Jacob displayed great humility in his reconciliation journey with Esau his brother by sending messengers ahead and calling himself ‘his servant’ (verse 3 -4)
  5. Jacob was not boasting when he gave a short account of himself highlighting the goodness of God but to create a good opinion with his brother. (verse 4-5)
  6. In spite of the presence, blessings, and power of God in us, we should not shy away from seeking peace and reconciliation with our known and perceived enemies. (verse 5)
  7. Jacob’s messengers relayed Esau’s reaction to his message, and this brought fear upon him. He was concerned about what Esau had in mind against him even after 20years of not seeing each other. (verse 6)
  8. The same Jacob who stood against Laban in Gen 31:36-42 is now sore afraid and distressed to meet Esau. (Verse 7)
  9. Jacob depended on human wisdom and schemes in preparing for an attack from Esau. He tried to make his own two companies by dividing all he had into two. (verse 7-8)
  10. Jacob suddenly remembered the camp of whom he belonged to and this gave him the confidence to take the right step by praying to God according to his promises to him. (Gen.28:13-15) He prayed a good humble prayer, full of faith, full of thanksgiving, and full of God’s words. (verse 9-12)

Summary

 The very present help

  1. At all times and irrespective of the situation or circumstances around us, God is always with us. He is the very present help in times of trouble, that alone should encourage and give us peace of mind. (Isaiah 43:2, 2 Kings 6:15-17, Psalm 46:1)
  2. As soon as Jacob separated from Laban, God opened his spiritual eyes and he noted that he was now in the camp of Angelic host who were there to minister to his needs. Angels camp around those who fear God (2 Kings 6:17, psalm 34:7, Isaiah 63:9, 2 Corinthians 6:17, 1 Corinthians 15:33)
  3. No matter how bad or wicked our blood relations and friends are to us, we must consciously continue to be Christ-like in our relationship with them by showing love, humility and kindness. (Romans 12:17-21, Colossians 3:12)
  4. Jacob anticipated his brother’s thoughts and tried to answer his concerns before they eventually meet again by being humble and ready to reconcile with him in peace (Ecclesiastes 10:4, Provers 22:4)
  5. We should not be timid to highlight the faithfulness and goodness of God in our life, not in a boastful way but in a manner that makes people to acknowledge that indeed our God is great while creating an awesome opinion of God in their hearts. (I Corinthians 1:31, Jeremiah 9:23-24, Ephesians 4:29)
  6. It is no disparagement or weakness for those that have the better cause to become practitioners for reconciliation and to sue for peace and love. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. (2 Peter 1:5-7, Hebrew 12:14)
  7. You cannot do wrong without being haunted by it afterwards, this form the basis of Jacob’s fear of Esau. The dread of Esau was upon him because he knew he had done evil to his brother. (Hebrews 2:2)
  8. An angry man doesn’t forget easily. Despite seeking peace with our enemies and all men, we should not be unconscious of their deceit and potential danger to our life, hence we must be wise and depend on the Holy Spirit at all times. (Jeremiah 17:9, 2 Corinthians 11:14)
  9. As Jacob had no strength before Esau because of guilt, many Christians today are also hindered by memory of their past sins and failings. (Philippians 3:12-14)
  10. The times of fear and distress should be times of prayer. Whatever frightens us should drive us to our knees, to our God. We should offer up our request to God with great faith, fervency, and humility, reminding God of all his promises and his words towards us. (Psalm 25, Numbers 14:28)

PRAYER POINTS

  1. Father Lord, let your angels surround me and my family as from today.
  2. Holy Spirit help me to gain more revelation and insight into the presence and power of God as I separate myself from the love of the world.
  3. Lord, give me the grace to always show love, humility and kindness to my relatives and friends irrespective of their attitude towards me.
  4. Oh Lord, let divine assistance locate me on all my journeys this year. Make me unstoppable in life.
  5. Father, grant me the wisdom to testify of all your goodness to me and my family without sounding boastful.
  6. Lord, please make me an agent of reconciliation, peace and love.
  7. Oh Lord, help me to be sensitive and not fall victim to the deceit of the enemies and any dangers they may pose to my life. Protect and preserve me from every hidden traps.
  8. According to 2 Timothy 1:7, by the power in the blood of Jesus, I banish every spirit of fear in my life but receive the spirit of unshaking faith in God.
  9. Father, according to your words, bring all your promises to pass in my life before it is too late. Lord Jehovah, let the transformation that will birth the fulfilment of your promises in my life and destiny begin henceforth in my life in Jesus name.
  10. Oh God of my fathers, the one that can do all things, let the enemies not ask where is my God. When I call, please answer me speedily.

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