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LESSON 35 JASHER CH 32

JACOB AND ESAU MEET AGAIN


JASHER 32

1. And at that time Jacob sent messengers to his brother Esau toward the land of Seir, and he spoke to him words of supplication.

2. And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye say to my lord, to Esau, Thus saith thy servant Jacob, Let not my lord imagine that my father's blessing with which he did bless me has proved beneficial to me.

3. For I have been these twenty years with Laban, and he deceived me and changed my wages ten times, as it has been already told unto my lord.

4. And I served him in his house very laboriously, and God afterward saw my affliction, my labor and the work of my hands, and He caused me to find grace and favor in His sight.

5. And I, afterward, through God's great mercy and kindness acquired oxen and asses and cattle, and men servants and maid servants.

6. And now I am coming to my land and to my home to my father and mother, who are in the land of Canaan; and I have sent to let my lord know all this in order to find favor in the sight of my lord, so that he may not imagine that I have of myself obtained wealth, or that the blessing with which my father blessed me has benefitted me.

7. And those messengers went to Esau, and found him on the borders of the land of Edom going toward Jacob, and four hundred men of the children of Seir, the Horite, were standing with drawn swords.

8. And the messengers of Jacob told Esau all the words that Jacob had spoken to them concerning Esau.

9. And Esau answered them with pride and contempt, and said unto them, Surely, I have heard and truly it has been told unto me what Jacob has done to Laban, who exalted him in his house and gave him his daughters for wives, and he begat sons and daughters, and abundantly increased in wealth and riches in Laban's house through his means.

10. And when he saw that his wealth was abundant and his riches great he fled with all belonging to him, from Laban's house, and he led Laban's daughters away from the face of their father, as captives taken by the sword without telling him of it.

11. And not only to Laban has Jacob done thus but also unto me has he done so, and has twice supplanted me, and shall I be silent?

12. Now therefore I have this day come with my camps to meet him, and I will do unto him according to the desire of my heart.

13. And the messengers returned and came to Jacob and said unto him, We came to thy brother, to Esau, and we told him all thy words, and thus has he answered us, and behold he cometh to meet thee with four hundred men,

14. Now then know and see what thou shalt do, and pray before God to deliver thee from him.

15. And when he heard the words of his brother which he had spoken to the messengers of Jacob, Jacob was greatly afraid and he was distressed.

16. And Jacob prayer to the Lord his God, and he said, O Lord God of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, thou didst say unto me when I went away from my father's house saying,

17. I am the Lord God of thy father Abraham and the God of Isaac, unto thee do I give this land and thy seed after thee, and I will make thy seed as the stars of heaven, and thou shalt spread forth to the four sides of heaven, and in thee and in they seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

18. And Thou didst establish Thy words, and didst give unto me riches and children and cattle, as the utmost wishes of my heart didst Thou give unto Thy servant; Thou didst give unto me all that I asked from Thee, so that I lacked nothing.

19. And thou didst afterward say unto me, Return to thy parents and to thy birth place and I will still do well with thee.

20. And now that I have come, and Thou didst deliver me from Laban, I shall fall in the hands of Esau who will slay me, yea, together with the mothers of my children.

21. Now therefore, O Lord God, deliver me, I pray The, also from the hands of my brother Esau who will slay me, yea, together with the mothers of my children.

22. And if there is no righteousness in me, do it for the sake of Abraham and my father Isaac.

23. For I know that through kindness and mercy have I acquired this wealth; now therefore I beseech Thee to deliver me this day with Thy kindness and to answer me.

24. And Jacob ceased praying to the Lord, and he divided the people that were with him with the flocks and cattle into two camps, and he gave half to the care of Damesek, the son of Eliezer, Abraham's servant, for a camp, with his children, and the other half he gave to the care of his brother, Elianus, the son of Eliezer, to be for a camp for his children.

25. And he commanded them, saying, Keep yourselves at a distance with your camps, and do not come too near each other, and if Esau come to one camp and slay it, the other camp at a distance from it will escape him.

26. And Jacob tarried there that night, and during the whole night he gave his servants instructions concerning the forces and his children.

27. And the Lord heard the prayer of Jacob on that day, and the Lord then delivered Jacob from the hands of his brother Esau.

28. And the Lord sent three angels of the angels of heaven, and they went before Esau and came to him.

29. And these angels appeared unto Esau and his people as two thousand men, riding upon horses furnished with all sorts of war instruments, and they appeared in the sight of Esau and all his men to be divided into four camps, with four chiefs to them.

30. And one camp went on and they found Esau coming with four hundred men toward his brother Jacob, and this camp ran toward Esau and his people and terrified them, and Esau fell off the horse in alarm, and all his men separated from him in that place for they were greatly afraid.

31. And the whole of the camp shouted after them when they fled from Esau, and all the warlike men answered, saying,

32. Surely, we are the servants of Jacob, who is the servant of God, and who then can stand against us? And Esau said unto them, O then, my lord and brother Jacob, is your lord, whom I have not seen for these many years, and now that I have this day come to see him, do you treat me in this manner?

33. And the angels answered him, saying, As the Lord liveth, were not Jacob of whom thou speaketh thy brother, we had not left one remaining from thee and thy people, but only on account of Jacob we will do nothing to them.

34. And this camp passed from Esau and his men and it went away, and Esau and his men had gone from them about a league when the second camp came toward him with all sorts of weapons, and they also did unto Esau and his men as the first camp had done to them.

35. And when they had left it to go on, behold the third camp came toward him and they were all terrified, and Esau fell off the horse, and the whole camp cried out, and said, Surely we are the servants of Jacob, who is the servant of God, and who can stand against us?

36. And Esau again answered them, saying, O then, Jacob, my lord and your lord, is my brother, and for twenty years I have not seen his countenance, and hearing this day that he was coming, I went this day to meet him, and do you treat me in this manner?

37. And they answered him, and said unto him, As the Lord liveth, were not Jacob thy brother as thou didst say, we had not left a remnant from thee and thy men, but on account of Jacob of whom thou speakest being thy brother, we will not meddle with thee or thy men.

38. And the third camp also passed from them, and he still continued his road with his men toward Jacob, when the fourth camp came toward him, and they also did unto him and his men as the others had done.

39. And when Esau beheld the evil which the four angels had done to him and to his men, he became greatly afraid of his brother Jacob, and he went to meet him in peace.

40. And Esau concealed his hatred against Jacob, because he was afraid of his life on account of his brother Jacob, and because he imagined that the four camps that he had lighted upon were Jacob's servants.

41. And Jacob tarried that night with his servants in their camps, and he resolved with his servants to give unto Esau a present from all that he had with him, and from all his property; and Jacob rose up in the morning, he and his men, and they chose from amongst the cattle a present for Esau.

42. And this is the amount of the present which Jacob chose from his flock to give unto his brother Esau: and he selected two hundred and forty head from the flocks, and he selected from the camels and asses thirty each, and of the herds he chose fifty kine.

43. And he put them all in ten droves, and he placed each sort by itself, and he delivered them into the hands of ten of his servants, each drove by itself.

44. And he commanded them, and said unto them, Keep yourselves at a distance from each other, and put a space between the droves, and when Esau and those who are with him shall meet you and ask you, saying, Whose are you, and whither do you go, and to whom belongeth all this before you, you shall say unto them, We are the servants of Jacob, and we come to meet Esau in peace, and behold Jacob cometh behind us.

45. And that which is before us is a present sent from Jacob to his brother Esau.

46. And if they shall say unto you, Why doth he delay behind you, from coming to meet his brother and to see his face, then you shall say unto them, Surely he cometh joyfully behind us to meet his brother, for he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth to him, and after this I will see his face, peradventure he will accept of me.

47. So the whole present passed on in the hands of his servants, and went before him on that day, and he lodged that night with his camps by the border of the brook of Jabuk, and he rose up in the midst of the night, and he took his wives and his maid servants, and all belonging to him, and he that night passed them over the ford Jabuk.

48. And when he passed all belonging to him over the brook, Jacob was left by himself, and a man met him, and he wrestled with him that night until the breaking of the day, and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint through wrestling with him.

49. And at the break of day the man left Jacob there, and he blessed him and went away, and Jacob passed the brook at the break of day, and he halted upon his thigh.

50. And the sun rose upon him when he had passed the brook, and he came up to the place of his cattle and children.

51. And they went on till midday, and whilst they were going the present was passing on before them.

52. And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold Esau was at a distance, coming along with many men, about four hundred, and Jacob was greatly afraid of his brother.

53. And Jacob hastened and divided his children unto his wives and his handmaids, and his daughter Dinah he put in a chest, and delivered her into the hands of his servants.

54. And he passed before his children and wives to meet his brother, and he bowed down to the ground, yea he bowed down seven times until he approached his brother, and God caused Jacob to find grace and favor in the sight of Esau and his men, for God had heard the prayer of Jacob.

55. And the fear of Jacob and his terror fell upon his brother Esau, for Esau was greatly afraid of Jacob for what the angels of God had done to Esau, and Esau's anger against Jacob was turned into kindness.

56. And when Esau saw Jacob running toward him, he also ran toward him and he embraced him, and he fell upon his neck, and they kissed and they wept.

57. And God put fear and kindness toward Jacob in the hearts of the men that came with Esau, and they also kissed Jacob and embraced him.

58. And also Eliphaz, the son of Esau, with his four brothers, sons of Esau, wept with Jacob, and they kissed him and embraced him, for the fear of Jacob had fallen upon them all.

59. And Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women with their offspring, the children of Jacob, walking behind Jacob and bowing along the road to Esau.

60. And Esau said unto Jacob, Who are these with thee, my brother? are they thy children or thy servants? and Jacob answered Esau and said, They are my children which God hath graciously given to thy servant.

61. And whilst Jacob was speaking to Esau and his men, Esau beheld the whole camp, and he said unto Jacob, Whence didst thou get the whole of the camp that I met yesternight? and Jacob said, To find favor in the sight of my lord, it is that which God graciously gave to thy servant.

62. And the present came before Esau, and Jacob pressed Esau, saying, Take I pray thee the present that I have brought to my lord, and Esau said, Wherefore is this my purpose? keep that which thou hast unto thyself.

63. And Jacob said, It is incumbent upon me to give all this, since I have seen thy face, that thou still livest in peace.

64. And Esau refused to take the present, and Jacob said unto him, I beseech thee my lord, if now I have found favor in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand, for I have therefore seen thy face, as though I had seen a God-like face, because thou wast pleased with me.

65. And Esau took the present, and Jacob also gave unto Esau silver and gold and bdellium, for he pressed him so much that he took them.

66. And Esau divided the cattle that were in the camp, and he gave the half to the men who had come with him, for they had come on hire, and the other half he delivered unto the hands of his children.

67. And the silver and gold and bdellium he gave in the hands of Eliphaz his eldest son, and Esau said unto Jacob, Let us remain with thee, and we will go slowly along with thee until thou comest to my place with me, that we may dwell there together.

68. And Jacob answered his brother and said, I would do as my lord speaketh unto me, but my lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with their young who are with me, go but slowly, for if they went swiftly they would all die, for thou knowest their burdens and their fatigue.

69. Therefore let my lord pass on before his servant, and I will go on slowly for the sake of the children and the flock, until I come to my lord's place to Seir.

70. And Esau said unto Jacob, I will place with thee some of the people that are with me to take care of thee in the road, and to bear thy fatigue and burden, and he said, What needeth it my lord, if I may find grace in thy sight?

71. Behold I will come unto thee to Seir to dwell there together as thou hast spoken, go thou then with thy people for I will follow thee.

72. And Jacob said this to Esau in order to remove Esau and his men from him, so that Jacob might afterward go to his father's house to the land of Canaan.

73. And Esau hearkened to the voice of Jacob, and Esau returned with the four hundred men that were with him on their road to Seir, and Jacob and all belonging to him went that day as far as the extremity of the land of Canaan in its borders, and he remained there some time.

 

 

Jacob returns to once again see his father. Isaac lived until he was 180 years old.

Genesis 35:28

"And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years."

When Jacob had lied to Isaac, and under direction of Rebekah, had deceived his father, it was at a time when Isaac was about to recklessly give the birthright to Esau. Isaac knew that Esau did not deserve it, and that God had not intended Esau to have it. By tradition, the birthright went to the eldest son, but God had other ideas. Rebekah, may have used the wrong methods, and Jacob succumbed to her persuasion, but Isaac was in grave error here.

As when Peter cut off the ear of the servant in Gethsemane trying to defend Jesus, and when Paul helped in the stoning of Stephen trying to be true to his faith, so with Jacob and Rebekah, had the right motive, but the wrong course of action.

Rahab lied to protect the spies.

Joshua 2:3-6 (KJV)

3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.

4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:

5 And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.

6 But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.


The midwives in Egypt lied to protect the newborn:

Exodus 1:15-20 (KJV)

15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:

16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.

17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?

19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

How do we measure the wrong, when both sides exhibit wrong? Esau was not guiltless. He had sold his birthright, and had later taken the garments that represented that birthright back.

For Rebekah had Jacob put on the "goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau:

Genesis 27:15 (KJV)

15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:

These were the garments of Adam, made by God, and represented the right to rule. Esau had sold them to Jacob, while fearing for his life. Then when things calmed down, he had just taken them back. Jacob deserved, and had paid for these garments. Had Esau returned and worn these garments to claim the firstborn blessing, he would have been extremely unethical.

Jacob seems to receive too much criticism. Never, in the Bible, is there a single instance of criticism by God of the man Jacob. Only in quotes by Esau and Laban is there any criticism. Every time God spoke to Jacob, it was a message of blessing and promise. Never did God criticize, chastise, or rebuke Jacob. To be faithful to the Bible, we need to be careful of criticism of the man - Jacob.

Isaiah 55:8

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, My ways, saith the Lord."

Jacob's name is said to mean "supplanter. But that name was given for the struggle that he had with Esau in the womb. Before Jacob was even born, Esau was struggling with him, to take from Jacob what God intended.

Genesis 25:22

"And the children struggled together within her."

God had intended for Jacob to be the firstborn. Esau struggled and took that place. Jacob was holding on to the heel of Esau at birth, and thus was named "Jacob", which literally means "one who catches another by the heel." He was fighting for what Esau was trying to steal from him. There was human greed in Esau, even in the womb.

Waves of anti-Semitism and persecution on the descendants of Jacob have persisted, based on twisted truth, lies, prevarications. The Jews have been accused of craftiness, covetousness, unethical greed... and yet none of these is true of Jacob. Even the Scofield Bible incorrectly talks of "THE STOLEN BLESSING", and says "JACOB REAPS THE HARVEST OF HIS EVIL YEARS". Yet, these are moral judgments, that are not founded on Biblical truth.

Genesis 32:28

"As a prince hast power with God and with men, and hast prevailed."

Malachi 1:2-3

"Was not Esau, Jacob's brother? saith the Lord; yet I loved Jacob and I hated (loved less) Esau."

Genesis 25:27

"Jacob was a plain (Heb. = tam = pious, complete, undefiled) man."

Esau, on the other hand, had "despised his birthright" (Genesis 25:34).

The garments were the spiritual part of the birthright, they possessed little value to Esau. The double portion blessings meant most to Esau.

Hebrews 12:16-17

"Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected."

After the blessing, Isaac told Jacob to marry one of his own, in order to keep the lineage of the promised Seed pure. Thus Jacob had gone to Padan-aram and married Leah and Rachel. Esau had married several Hittites. Isaac and Rebekah had not shown to Esau their displeasure with this, until the instructions of Isaac to Jacob awoke him to sin of this. Esau immediately married a daughter of Ishmael, but this was also wrong, for God had rejected Ishmael and his descendants. Esau was not the one to carry forth the lineage of the promised "Seed", and God knew that Jacob would be fulfill His plans.

When Esau took a Hittite for a wife, and later another Hittite (Genesis 26:34-35), it showed his presumptuousness. He was unconcerned about the promised "Seed". He would have defiled the Messianic line, if he were given the birthright. He did not marry these two Hittite in youthful foolishness, for he was 40 when he did so. He cared only about material wealth, power, the double portion blessings.

God's blessings were on Jacob, and God made sure that Esau did not keep claim to the blessings. The three angels came to Esau and his 400 hired soldiers during the night. They appeared in a visions so real that Esau and his camp thought it was real. They saw four groups (500 in each group) of mightily armed soldiers, 2000 in total number. Each group approached Esau, and made known to the camp that they were "servants of Jacob."

Jasher 32:32,34,35,38

32. Surely, we are the servants of Jacob, who is the servant of God, and who then can stand against us? And Esau said unto them, O then, my lord and brother Jacob, is your lord, whom I have not seen for these many years, and now that I have this day come to see him, do you treat me in this manner?

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34. And this camp passed from Esau and his men and it went away, and Esau and his men had gone from them about a league when the second camp came toward him with all sorts of weapons, and they also did unto Esau and his men as the first camp had done to them.

35. And when they had left it to go on, behold the third camp came toward him and they were all terrified, and Esau fell off the horse, and the whole camp cried out, and said, Surely we are the servants of Jacob, who is the servant of God, and who can stand against us?

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38. And the third camp also passed from them, and he still continued his road with his men toward Jacob, when the fourth camp came toward him, and they also did unto him and his men as the others had done.

Notice here, that suddenly Esau is saying,

"My lord and brother Jacob. (Jasher 32:32)

"Jacob, my lord and your lord. (Jasher 32:36).

Esau was very frightened. It takes fear to straighten out some rebellious, greedy, and self-seeking people. This vision of angels, seen as warlike soldiers, had put the fear of death into Esau. He concealed his hatred of Jacob.

Jasher 32:40

40. And Esau concealed his hatred against Jacob, because he was afraid of his life on account of his brother Jacob, and because he imagined that the four camps that he had lighted upon were Jacob's servants.

Jacob was to face this Esau who had so hated, used and abused him on the next morning. We, as Christians face hatred, and persecution almost daily. God does not take us out of the world, but makes us come face to face with the hatred. Like Jacob, facing a night of concern about to face Esau, we face trial, bitterness, hatred, and people who would like us destroyed.

John 17:15-18

"I PRAY NOT THAT THOU SHOULDEST TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD, BUT THAT THOU SHOULDEST KEEP THEM FROM EVIL. THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF THIS WORLD. SANCTIFY THEM THROUGH THY TRUTH; THY WORD IS TRUTH. AS THOU HAST SENT ME INTO THE WORLD, EVEN SO HAVE I SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD."

The devil is trying to claim ownership of this planet. This planet is the battleground. Heaven has invaded this planet in the person of Jesus Christ. Anyone who accepts Him as Savior is transformed into citizens of another world. This experience is called being "born again." So, we Christians, are "not of this world." (John 17:16) Suddenly, at conversion, we found ourselves in enemy territory. The atmosphere of this earth is hostile to us. The inhabitants of this planet, suddenly treat us as aliens.

As followers of Christ, we have an assigned mission to carry out, just as Jacob knew that from his seed, would come the promised Seed, and that mission was vital. We, like Jacob, must first learn to survive, if we are succeed in carrying out our mission. Many do not survive. The common terminology for this is "backsliding." Many will backslide, and lose their citizenship in heaven. To survive, we are totally dependent upon heaven's supplies, equipment, and instruction.

John 10:27-29

"MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW ME; AND I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE, AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. MY FATHER WHICH GAVE THEM ME IS GREATER THAN ALL, AND NO MAN IS ABLE TO PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER'S HAND."

The equipment that we, as the Lord's sheep, need - includes a fold, as sheep are gathered into at night. This fold is a gathering place of safety and where care is received from the Shepherd. We have churches as our "folds." We are told not to forsake "assembling" together there (Hebrews 10:25). The Shepherd is at the door to anoint our wounds with oil and wine. He will there give us the water of life freely. Our bodies can find a special kind of rest within the fold. Jacob went to be alone with the Lord, on the night before his dangerous confrontation. We need to gather where we meet the Lord. There in that place, the Lord provides us what we need.

John 6:51-52

"I AM THE LIVING BREAD, WHICH CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, IF ANY MAN EAT OF THIS BREAD, HE SHALL LIVE FOREVER."

John 4:14

"THE WATER THAT I GIVE SHALL IN HIM BE A WELL OF WATER SPRINGING UP INTO ETERNAL LIFE."

It is the Word of God that is the cleansing agent for we, the Christians. Christ sanctifies and cleanses us "WITH THE WASHING OF THE WATER BY THE WORD." (Ephesians 5:26).

Jesus keeps in touch with us. And just as He met with Jacob, He will daily meet with us, and commune with us.

John 10:27

"MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW ME."

They world may hate us. But we can demonstrate that we have abundant life, we have the Answer to every problem, and we have the power of God to overcome every trial. They have a Wicked Master who is bringing them to eternal doom and punishment. We can battle this Wicked One, and win over the ones he has duped into following him.

Alone with the Lord, the Lord Jesus appeared to Jacob in a pre-incarnate form. There the Lord wrestled with Jacob at a place called Jabbok (or Jabuk, in Jasher). The name means "wrestler." Jacob wrestled with the Lord and would not let go, as daylight neared. As Jacob had in the womb, with Esau, he did with the Lord. Jacob had determination. This was the distinguishing feature of Jacob: DETERMINATION, NOT LETTING GO OF THE PROMISES OF GOD. We need to be determined in our prayers to the Lord, as was Jacob in this wrestling match.

Luke 18:7

"Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?"

Luke 18:1

"Men ought always to pray, and not to faint."

Jacob's name was changed to Israel. NO LONGER, was he simply a "heel catcher" trying to obtain what God wanted him to have, but now he was "ISRAEL" which literally means "one who fights victoriously with God." Thus it has usually been shortened to "PRINCE WITH GOD", but this loses some in the translation.

God seeks such who would fight, be determined, not let go of the heel of the answer until the answer comes.

Ezekiel 22:30

"And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."

Job 16:21

"O, that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor!"

Some have gotten the idea that we cannot argue with God. This is a mistaken idea, for it is not only permissible, but it is encouraged by God. Intercession is arguing with God. It is a pleading, or entreating in behalf of another. God's justice may call for judgment, but another may intercede and argue for God's mercy and longsuffering to replace God's wrath for a time. This mercy will not make them forgiven of their sins, but will delay the judgment so they have more time to personally ask God for forgiveness.

Jesus intercedes for us. He is at the right hand of the Father now, and He is asking God for mercy on His children who stray and fail, and are attacked by demonic forces. He is asking for mercy and blessings to be given to the saints.

Jacob, now Israel, had met personally with the Lord Jesus. Here, he had wrestled the Lord. Yet, he had also met up with Jesus in type years before. Jesus claimed to be the ladder upon which Jacob had seen the angels ascending and descending.

John 1:51

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter, ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

Jacob prevails with the Lord in the wrestling match, for the Lord wanted Jacob to finally win the wrestling match in which he had been since before his birth. We often feel that life has been one great long struggle, and it has.

To Jacob, with a simple touch (proving the Lord could have won the wrestling match if He had chosen), a limp is given to Jacob. This was to be a daily reminder of the fact that this was no mere dream that Jacob had. This place was then named "Peniel" which literally means - "the face of God." Jacob had seen the very "face" of the Lord Jesus, in His pre-incarnate form.

Do not be disturbed with the fact of Jacob bowing seven times before Esau. The Tell el Amarna tablets tell us that one approaching a king would bow seven times in that day. Jacob bowed seven times as respect to Esau for him as ruler of Edom.

Genesis 33:8-11 tells us that Jacob and Esau both presented gifts to each other. The wording is very interesting:

Esau says: "I have enough. (Hebrew = rab = much)"
Jacob says: "I have enough. (Hebrew = kol = everything"

Seemingly, according to the KJV, they said the same thing, but in reality there is a message here. If we seek to gain things, seek money and possessions as did Esau, we may have "much." Yet, if we, like Jacob, seek to please the Lord, allow ourselves to be robbed of our "garments", our rightful wages, and seek to increase the wealth of others, we will have "everything." In God there is an inexhaustible supply.

Esau tried to gain the birthright, even before birth. His greed, his lack of spiritual priorities, was not blessed by God. We need to beware of the religion of the day that tells us we should seek to gain carnal, monetary blessings. Rather, we should be givers, generous, willing to be taken advantage of. Too many so-called saints, act more like the "thieves," than they do the "good Samaritan."

Where did Jasher get the information for the first part of this book? The latter part of the exodus from Egypt would have been contemporary with the author, but the first part would have been history for him. The same would be true for Moses, where did he get the information for Genesis?

There are several possibilities. For either Moses or Jasher, the material could have come by direct revelation from God, and/or, by traditions, passed down by word of mouth, and/or, by written records from previous authors.

In Genesis there is some vital clues, and this may help with the understanding of how Jasher was also compiled. The Hebrew word "toledoth" is used in Genesis. It means "records of origin" but has been translated usually - "generations".

Let us examine the use of such a word, and we will find a plausible explanation:
Genesis 2:4
"These are the generations (records of origin) of the heavens and the earth." (1:1-2:4)
Genesis 5:1
"These are the generations (records of origin) of Adam." (2:4b-5:1)
Genesis 6:9
"These are the generations (records of origin) of Noah." (5:1b-6:9)
Genesis 10:1
"These are the generations (records of origin) of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth." (6:9b-10:1)
Genesis 11:10
"These are the generations (records of origin) of Shem." (10:1b-11:10)
Genesis 11:27
"These are the generations (records of origin) of Terah." (11:10b-11:20)
Genesis 25:12
"These are the generations (records of origin) of Ishmael." (11:27-25:19)
Genesis 25:19
"These are the generations (records of origin) of Isaac." (25:19-37:2)
Genesis 36:1
"... generations (records of origin) of Esau, who is Edom." (37:2-end)
Genesis 36:9
"...generations (records of origin) of Esau, father of Edomites." (37:2-end)
Genesis 37:2 "... generations (records of origin) of Jacob." (37:2-end)

Thus, there seems to be written records of, at least, eleven different source books from which Moses drew information. With the help of the Holy Spirit, Moses compiled the book of Genesis. The same books and perhaps others were available to the author of Jasher.


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