January 20, 2012

20 – Reunion of Esau and Jacob who is now named Israel by God

Kathleen’s thoughts
Laban is given permission from Jacob to check the tents for his idols but is fooled by his daughter Rachel as she was sitting on them giving a feeble excuse as to why she cannot stand up with respect in front of her father.
Jacob is afraid of meeting his brother Esau and his preparation in doing so by dividing his portions of wealth as well as protecting his wives and sons.
Jacob wrestles with an angel leaving him with a dislocated hip socket. But Jacob would not let the angel go until he blessed him. The angel asked him “what is your name” “Jacob” he replied. The angel said “ Your name will no longer be Jacob it will be Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed”
What I found interesting that to this day the Israelites don’t eat the thigh muscle that is at the hip socket: because the angel struck Jacob’s hip socket at the thigh muscle.
In chapter 33 I note the 7 times that Jacob bowed to his brother Esau. I see this as a completion of the battle between brothers and the bowing of 7 times is to say let this end and be friends. I love the way Esau runs up and hugs his brother a beautiful reunion.
Shecham the son of Hamor the Hivite rapes Dinah who is Jacobs & Leah’s daughter, Then Shecham pleas for Dinah to be his wife.

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