by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Print #56, CT #2099

"When Angels Come to Help You"
Genesis 32:1-23

In Genesis 32, we're seeing a very interesting thing happen be-
cause we're drawing near to the time when Jacob has his greatest en-
counter with God. If you are outlining my sermon, I will briefly
give you the outline. First of all, you notice in verses 1 and 2,
Jacob's meeting with the angels. Laban has been after him. He's
leaving Laban. He's taking his wives, his sons and his daughters, and
he's moving on back towards home.
"As Jacob went on his way, the angels of God
met him. And Jacob said when he saw them,
'This is God's camp.' So he named that place
That means, "the place of two camps", or, "the place of two hosts";
because Jacob saw his group of people, his camp, but he also saw
God's camp.
You know that song that we hear just before we worship each
evening, "Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place, I can
hear the brush of angel's wings..." I just love that song. I don't
know what happened on this particular day, but Jacob saw the presence
of angels. A lot of people have discussed whether or not you can see
angels. I cannot honestly say that I've ever seen an angel. I know
that I have met angels unaware. You have probably have had some of
those people who were God's angel's minister to you in a particular
need. But that does not mean that the invisible angels are not
working in our behalf. It so happened though, that Jacob saw these
angels. Jacob had a meeting with angels, and it so profoundly im-
pressed him that he said, "This is the place of two camps - mine,
and the angels, camping out to meet us."
Secondly, notice in verses 3 to 5, Jacob's messengers. After
he'd seen these angels, he sent messengers to his brother Esau.
Twenty years had gone by, but he'd gotten word that Esau was still
after him. So he sen ...

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