Genesis 32:9
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9  thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, the other camp may yet escape.”

va-YO-mer im ya-VO ay-SAV el ha-ma-kha-NEH ha-a-KHAT v’-hi-KA-hu v’-ha-YAH ha-ma-kha-NEH ha-nish-AR lif-lay-TAH

ט  וַיֹּאמֶר אִם־יָבוֹא עֵשָׂו אֶל־הַמַּחֲנֶה הָאַחַת וְהִכָּהוּ וְהָיָה הַמַּחֲנֶה הַנִּשְׁאָר לִפְלֵיטָה׃

 32:9   The other camp may yet escape

Whenever the same Hebrew word is used to describe unrelated events, the Bible is drawing a deep connection between the two events. The word for ‘escape’ in this verse is playta (פליטה), the same word used by the Prophet Ovadya (1:17) “But on Mount Zion a remnant (playta) shall survive, and it shall be holy. The house of Yaakov shall dispossess those who had dispossessed them. The house of Yaakov shall be fire, and the house of Yosef a flame, and the house of Esau shall be straw.” As he prepares for war with his brother Esau, Yaakov alludes to the fact that Zion is the only real refuge for the Jewish people from all future battles with the descendants of Esau.

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  • Chpt.32. Angels can come in many forms, Paul warns us that any speaking a different message then that of Jesus, " let him be accursed ". Satan himself can take the form of an " angel of light" why we are told to test ALL spirits. Mahanaim= place of two hosts, so first it had been Laban, then it was " the angel of God", now it's Esau and 400 men. Jacob really faced it all on his trip HOME, and overcame them all! To get a picture of how large God had made Jacob, he sends 580 animals to Esau, just a small part of one of two companies. 32:14-15 So Jacob really sets aside 580 animals in three separate sets, 1740 animals. So we're seeing "the old Jacob" cunning, manipulating, ( heal catcher), he prays, but then tries to appease Esau with gifts. At this point, Rueben, the eldest son, would've been around 13 years old. 32:25 Jacob had always relied on cunning, his wits, he was spiritual but didn't totally rely on God. In crippling Jacob, God took this away, now Jacob learns to completely rely on God. 32:26 Hosea says here that Jacob pleads, weeps, cries out, when he asks to be blessed. 32:27-28 After doing all that Hosea talks about, being left crippled, Jacob demands the angel to " bless him". In reality the angel is reminding Jacob of his character in asking him his name( heal catcher), The Blessing IS the change of name/ a rebirth, the new-man, Jacobs change in character. Penuel= The Face of God.

  • I do really appreciate the explanation of the connection, which gives for me a new perspective.

  • I think both Jew and Christian believe that Mt Zion is 'The Place of Refuge'.

Genesis 32:9

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