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Pastor Brant Seacrist

OCTOBER 4, 2020


TEXT: GENESIS 32: 1-12

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SUBJ: The prayer of Jacob wherein he both expresses himself in need of the Lord and calls upon the Lord in terms of the covenant confirmed to him.

AIM: That we might approach unto the Lord in a similar way calling in faith to the Lord of our salvation with all that is promised in Him.

INTR: We now fast forward over a period of twenty plus years in which the Lord establishes the family that was to become the nation of Israel and provide the ultimate heir in Christ our Lord.
1. It has now been a long and eventful time since the events of Jacob’s dream at Bethel where the Lord appeared and made promise to the fugitive Jacob.
2. We will observe in what is to follow that the mercy of the Lord was essential in that the character of Jacob was much the same as before though tempered by experience.
3. We would keep in mind the gospel element in all this in that the look was to the coming of the Messiah through one of these sons of Jacob.

THESIS: God often works through unlikely tools to accomplish His will and purpose and so orders even the actions of the unseemly to bring His redemptive purpose to fruition.

I. The arrival at Mahanaim (vv. 1-8)
1. Jacob is greeted here by a host of angels prepared, no doubt for the protection of Jacob. We are reminded of And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17).
2. A lot had happened to Jacob since last coming this way.
1) He served his uncle and wound up with two wives and two maidservants as the mothers of his children. He was frustrated by the actions of his uncle.
2) The purpose of God was realized in his marriage to Leah who was not his choice, but she was the mother of Judah and the line of Christ.
3) He endured much treachery as His uncle used him to his own advantage but
4) The Lord overruled and made the treachery of Laban work to the good of Jacob.
5) We consider the accumulated wealth of Jacob and how some of it came about in the division of the livestock between him and Laban.
6) It became apparent to Laban that the Lord was blessing Jacob and the departure became necessary.
7) Laban was warned and Jacob was spared.
3. But after the separation from Laban and his deliverance from bondage with the Lord’s had evident all along the way, there was still the grim reminder that Esau was out there somewhere, and the threat was fresh in his mind.
1) He then learned that Esau was coming to meet him and here faith wavered.
2) He was afraid and divided the company into two bands (the meaning of the Mahanaim).

II. The prayer of Jacob (vv. 9-12)
1. In addressing Him as the God of Abraham and Isaac he used a term that has plural implications, but then in his own relationship the word is Jehovah (LORD).
1) He is no doubt reminded of all that he knew of the promise of the seed
2) But also defers to the personal word given to him both in the house of Laban and earlier at Bethel.
2. The promise had been made of both temporal protection and provision and of spiritual identity as well. (There might be a question of the Jacob’s confidence here or was he simply doing what he could)?
3. We note a true Gospel humility in the assessment of his personal unworthiness (mercy needed) and helplessness (grace needed).
4. His amazement at starting out with only his staff and now two bands.
5. It is to be remembered that the survival of his family was essential to the promise and
6. He was honest in the expression of the fear of his brother
7. And bares his heart to the Lord who promised – our safest approach is appeal to the One who is determined to
1) Do us good and
2) To bless us in Christ our Lord
3) It is all in His hands