Monday, November 27, 2023

Vayishlach - Reading #2

Vayishlach, וַיִּשְׁל - And He Sent

Genesis 32:4-36:43

Reading #2 - Genesis 32:14–30

My Thoughts: 

A strange story, Jacob wrestling with Hashem. Why did they have that type of meeting? Why not just meet over a nice campfire? Was it that the true “wrestling” was Jacob’s fear of meeting with his brother and whether he should even go meet him? In verse 30 Jacob says,”I have seen Elohim face to face, and my life is preserved.” He is wrestling with the Father of Lights, face to face and his life is spared. And my guess is that the solution is found to Jacob’s fears. He proceeds and meets his brother. Contemplate on why Jacob physically wrestled with G-d. And believe in the outcome.


Are you “wrestling” with a decision right now? Are you unsure what to do? If you are “wrestling” with G-d regarding this issue, it may simply be that you are not really listening to Him. Because if you were doing what He was telling you to do - there would not be a “fight”. You would succumb to His suggestion and you would clearly then see His wonderful plan and results. I challenge you today to “give up the fight” and do what the L-rd is telling you to do! Be blessed.

Reading #2 - Genesis 32:14–30

32:14... two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty milk camels and their colts, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten foals. 16 He delivered them into the hands of his servants, every herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Pass over before me, and put a space between herd and herd.” 17 He commanded the foremost, saying, “When Esau, my brother, meets you, and asks you, saying, ‘Whose are you? Where are you going? Whose are these before you?’ 18 Then you shall say, ‘They are your servant, Jacob’s. It is a present sent to my lord, Esau. Behold, he also is behind us.’” 19 He commanded also the second, and the third, and all that followed the herds, saying, “This is how you shall speak to Esau, when you find him. 20 You shall say, ‘Not only that, but behold, your servant, Jacob, is behind us.’” For, he said, “I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.”

21 So the present passed over before him, and he himself stayed that night in the camp.

22 He rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had. 24 Jacob was left alone, and wrestled with a man there until the breaking of the day. 25 When he saw that he didn’t prevail against him, the man touched the hollow of his thigh, and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was strained as he wrestled. 26 The man said, “Let me go, for the day breaks.”

Jacob said, “I won’t let you go unless you bless me.”

27 He said to him, “What is your name?”

He said, “Jacob”.

28 He said, “Your name will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have fought with Elohim and with men, and have prevailed.”

29 Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.”

He said, “Why is it that you ask what my name is?” So he blessed him there.

30 Jacob called the name of the place Peniel; for he said, “I have seen Elohim face to face, and my life is preserved.”