JACOB LOOKED UP: "I will lift up my eyes unto the
hills. From whence cometh my help?" (Psa 121:1). "He that keeps Israel will
neither slumber nor sleep... the Lord shall preserve thy going out (to Syria)
and thy coming in (return to land of Palestine), from this time forth and
forevermore" (future return) (Psa 121). See Lesson, Jacob's life, a type of Israel.
YOU HAVE RECEIVED ME FAVORABLY: To Esau, this meant
that Jacob was acknowledging his superiority. But to Jacob, this meant that he
now saw God's protection and direction everywhere, and that he need not wrestle
any longer, as before (Gen 32:24).
UNTIL I COME TO MY LORD IN SEIR: Jacob promises a
HE ARRIVED SAFELY AT THE CITY OF SHECHEM: Or, as NIV
mg, "he arrived at Shalem, a city of Shechem". "Shalem" sig "peace" (as
Shalom!). "Shechem" sig the "burden-bearer". So, figuratively, Jacob came in
peace to the "burden-bearer", or Jacob came to the man of peace who bore his
Was it a mistake to buy a piece of land? This would lead to a
permanent dwelling, not the best thing for a stranger and a pilgrim (Heb 11:9).
A HUNDRED PIECES OF SILVER: Perh Jacob was forced to
repossess a property originally bought by Abraham his grandfather (Act 7:16; WAc
79). Cp difficulties Isaac had with Abraham's wells (Gen 21:32-34; 26:18-33).
Cp Abraham's stay there: Gen 12:6,7.
EL ELOHE ISRAEL: "The strength of the mighty ones of
the prince of the mighty one". The altar is identified with God himself (Psa