'Then the Lord said to Jacob, 'Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you'” (31:3).
Jacob sent for his wives, Rachel and Leah, and told them that their father had cheated him by changing his wages ten times. Then he told them that the angel of God had said to him in a dream, ''Leave this land at once and go back to your native land'” (31:11-13).
So Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, took everything he owned and drove his livestock ahead of him. He did this during the shearing season so Laban would be gone when he left.
After Jacob and his family had been gone for three days, Laban was told that Jacob had left. Laban pursued Jacob for seven days and finally caught up with him. The night before Laban met Jacob the Lord came to Laban in a dream and said, ''Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad'” (31:24).
Jacob explained to Laban all that he had done for him over the past twenty years (vv. 38-42). He had worked fourteen years for his two wives and six years for his flocks. In other words, Jacob had earned his freedom. Laban still thought that everything Jacob had was his, but he told Jacob that he wished to make a covenant with him.
In chapter 32 we read that Jacob went on his way and prepared to meet with his brother Esau. He sent messengers ahead with instructions of what to say to Esau. When the messengers returned to Jacob, they reported that Esau was coming to meet Jacob, and he had four hundred men with him (v. 6). You can imagine how upsetting this was to Jacob, especially since he had his wives and children with him. Then Jacob prayed to the Lord to save him from his brother. He reminded the Lord that He had told Jacob that he would prosper.
The next morning Jacob prepared a gift of many goats, sheep, camels, cows, bulls and donkeys for his brother (vv. 14-15). He put his servants in charge of the herds and sent them ahead to meet Esau.
Beginning in verse 22 we are told that Jacob took his two wives, their maidservants, his eleven sons and all his possessions and sent them to the other side of a stream. So Jacob was left alone. That night he wrestled with a man (who probably was the Lord) all night. 'When the man saw that he could not overpower Jacob, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, 'Let me go, for it is daybreak'” (32:25-26). But Jacob would not let him go until the man blessed him.
In verse 28 the man told Jacob, ''Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.'” Then the man blessed Israel. (The name 'Israel” means 'he struggles with God.”) Because the man had touched the socket of Jacob's hip near the tendon, Jacob would limp for the rest of his life. To this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip.
Read these two chapters, and then fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.
Genesis 31 to 32 Worksheet
'The Lord said to Jacob, 'Go back to the land of your _______ and to your relatives, and I will be with you'” (31:3).
So Jacob put his ________ and his ______ on camels, took everything he owned and drove his livestock ahead of him (31:17-18).
He did this during the shearing season so _____ would be gone when he left.
After Jacob and his family had been gone for _____ days, Laban was told that Jacob had left.
Taking his relatives with him, Laban pursued Jacob for _____ days and finally caught up with him.
The night before Laban met Jacob the Lord came to Laban in a dream and said, ''Be careful not to say ________ to Jacob, either good or bad'” (31:24).
Laban and Jacob made a covenant, and then Laban returned ____.
Jacob went on his way, and sent __________ ahead of him to meet his brother, Esau (32:3).
The messengers returned and told Jacob that Esau was coming with ____ _______ men (32:6).
Jacob prayed to the Lord to ____ him from his brother (32:11).
Jacob prepared a ____ of many goats, sheep, camels, cows, bulls and donkeys for Esau (32:14-15). He put his ________ in charge of the herds and sent them ahead to meet Esau (32:16).
Jacob took his two _____, their maidservants, his eleven ____ and all his possessions and sent them to the other side of the stream (32:22-23).
Jacob ________ with a man all night, and the man touched the ______ of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched. But Jacob would not let him go until the man _______ him (32:24-26).
The man blessed Jacob and told him his name would no longer be Jacob, but ______ (32:28-29).
Memory Verse: 'Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth” (Proverbs 16:13).
Genesis 31 to 32
Go to the Word
Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
Genesis 32:32 Genesis 32:11 Genesis 31:53 Genesis 32:6
Genesis 31: Genesis 31:31 Genesis 31:55 Genesis 32:1
''____ me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid that he Genesis ______
will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.'”
''May the God of _______ and the God of _____, the God of their father, Genesis ______
judge between us.'”
'Jacob answered Laban, 'I was ______, because I thought you would take Genesis ______
your daughters away from me by force.'”
'Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the ______ attached to the Genesis ______
socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob's hip was touched near the
'When the __________ returned to Jacob, they said, 'We went to your Genesis ______
brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men
are with him.'”
''May the ____ keep watch between you and me when we are away from Genesis ______
'Early the next morning Laban kissed his _____________ and his daughters Genesis ______
and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.”
'Jacob also went on his way, and the ______ of God met him.” Genesis ______