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Near a large university, there is a ramp that goes to a freeway.
When summer vacations begin, students line the ramp to
"hitch" rides home.
Some of them have signs which name the town where
they are trying to catch a ride.
One innovative student was holding up a sign that said,

Now how could someone resist giving him a ride?

Gen 32:1-5
1 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host:
and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother
unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
4 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto
my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned
with Laban, and stayed there until now:
5 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants,
and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord,
that I may find grace in thy sight.

LIGHT from the WORD.

One lesson we find in this Scripture is: ACT RESPONSIBLY!

In Genesis 31:3, Jacob had received a "Word" from God telling
him to return to his home town.
Jacob knew Essau was there, and they had not parted on the
best of circumstances.

In fact, Essau had promised to kill Jacob when he saw him again
(See Gen. 27:41).

Our Scripture this morning says, "Jacob went on his WAY..."
His "way" was to do as God had told him, and to go home!
Is your way paved by God's description and calling,
or by your own desires?

"Mahanaim" actually means "double camp."
Jacob was there, and God and His angels were there!

Are YOU living in a double camp?

When we are called, washed in the blood, and sanctified by
God's presence, we still should not act irresponsibly.
Jacob sent "messengers" (ambassadors)
to prepare the way to Essau.
According to the remainder of this chapter, Jacob did
several things other than sending ambassadors.
He divided his camp; he sent gifts to Essau, and he
went to God alone in prayer.

This Scripture teaches us three things to do when we are
facing difficult circumstances with other people.
First, be sure we are in GOD'S "way."
Secondly, be sure we act humbly toward others.
Third, be sure we PRAY!

Are you acting RESPONSIBLY?

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce