Jacob finally meets Esau, and continues pretending that he is his servant. And it turns out that Esau brought 400 men with him to meet Jacob for no good reason whatsoever.
- Esau approached with his 400 men, so Jacob divided his people into two groups.
2. He put the female servants and their children in the front, so that they would die first if they were attacked, Leah in the middle, with Rachel in the rear.
3. Jacob went ahead and bowed down seven – not six, or eight. Exactly seven times before Esau. As we’ll see later, God has a thing about the number seven.
4. When Esau saw Jacob he ran up and embraced him. “Who are these people with you?” He asked.
5. “They are the children God has given your servant” Jacob replied. Because even though God hadn’t done much, he insisted that he was praised when people had children, so he felt that he was doing something important.
6. Jacob’s people approached and bowed down to Esau.
7. “What are the flocks you sent ahead for?” Esau asked. “Don’t you ever listen – I mean, they are a gift to find favor in your eyes” Jacob said.
8. But Esau said, “I have plenty, keep that small gift of hundreds of animals for yourself.”
9. But Jacob insisted, “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift, for seeing your face is like seeing the face of God – you’re a mentally unstable and forgetful individual who hasn’t killed me yet for some reason!”
10. Esau forgot the insults almost immediately and accepted Jacob’s gift.
11. Because the herds could not move that quickly, Jacob went behind with his people, as Esau traveled ahead.
12. Esau returned to Seir, his home, and Jacob went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and his people with his many, many sons. Good thing Abraham and Isaac had passed on their super-fast building knowledge.
13. He bought some land from the people in the land of Caanan – the land that God STILL hadn’t given to him, and set up his tents.
14. Jacob built an altar there and named it El Elohe Israel, you know, as you do.
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