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Genesis 32:1-9
And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.…

Every man has two lives — an outward and an inward. The one is that denoted here: "Jacob went on his way," &c. The other is denoted in verse Genesis 32:24: "Jacob was left alone," &c. In either state God dealt with him.

I. THE ANGELS OF GOD MET HIM, We do not know in what form they appeared, or by what sign Jacob recognized them. In its simplicity the angelic office is a doctrine of revelation. There exists even now a society and a fellowship between the sinless and the fallen. As man goes on his way, the angels of God meet him.


1. The angelic office is sometimes discharged in human form. We may entertain angels unawares. Let us count common life a ministry; let us be on the look-out for angels.

2. We must exercise a vigorous self-control lest we harm or tempt. Our Saviour has warned us of the presence of the angels as a reason for not offending His little ones. Their angels He calls them, as though to express the closeness of the tie that binds together the unfallen and the struggling. We may gather from the story two practical lessons.

(1) The day and the night mutually act and react. A day of meeting with angels may well be followed by a night of wrestling with God.

(2) Earnestness is the condition of success. Jacob had to wrestle a whole night for his change of name, for his knowledge of God. Never will you say, from the world that shall be, that you laboured here too long or too earnestly to win it.

(Dean Vaughan.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

WEB: Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

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