As Akobe was on his way back home, some of the Great Creator’s Angels came and met him. When Akobe saw them, he said, “This is the Eternal Father’s camp.” So he named the place Mahanaim. What is amazing to me is how Akobe and Abram recognized the Angels of the Creator. Now keep in mind, Akobe is leaving what we’d call modern-day Nigeria-Cameroon and is attempting to head back south to the land of Canaan (modern-day Namibia-South Africa). To do this, he would have to cross paths with his brother Esau who’d left his father Isaaka’s compound.
Esawa (Esau) had made a deal with the Hittites and some Canaanites, particularly with a man named Elon, the Hittite, and Zibeon/Anah the Hivite. In the arrangement, Esau would become somewhat of a joint nation with the Hivites and Hittites. Esau, who is also known as Edom, married Adah and Aholibamah. He also married Bashemath, Ismael’s daughter.
Mount Seir is Zeir/Zair/Zaire
In the twenty years Akobe had been away, Esau had developed into a fortified nation with over 400 men who would come to meet Akobe with Esau. This was because of his league or partnership with the Canaanite families. He would stay in the country of Seir or Mount Seir. Seir is the Greek spinoff of Zeir/Zair and even more modernly, Zaire.
Zaire is Mount Seir. Zaire today is known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Right next to the DRC is the Republic of the Congo (possibly confusing but they are two separate countries). Leaving Nigeri-Cameroon and heading south to Namibia, there is a little strip of land one would have to cross. It is south of Gabon and this is where Esau’s men would come to meet Akobe.
Akobe sent messengers on ahead to Esau, who lived in the land of Seir (Zaire), also known as the country of Edom.
Akobe told them to say to Esau, “I am your servant! I have lived with Laban all this time, and now I own cattle, donkeys, and sheep, as well as many servants. My lord, I am sending these messengers in the hope that you will be kind to me.” When the messengers returned, they told Akobe, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is heading this way with 400 men.”
Akobe was so frightened that he divided his people, sheep, cattle, and camels into two groups. His thought process was, “If Esau attacks one group, perhaps the other can escape.”
Then Akobe prayed: You, O Great Spirit, is the Power who was worshiped by my grandfather Abram and by my father Isaaka. You told me to return home to my family, and you promised to be with me and make me successful. I don’t deserve all the good things you have done for me, your servant. When I first crossed the Jordan, I had only my walking stick, but now I have two large groups of people and animals. Please rescue me from my brother. I am afraid he will come and attack not only me but my wives and children as well. But you have promised that I would be a success and that someday it will be as hard to count my descendants as it is to count the grains of sand along the seashore.”
Prayer, what a powerful tool.
After Jacob had spent the night there, he chose some animals as gifts for Esau: 200 female goats and 20 males, 200 female sheep and 20 males, 30 female camels with their young, 40 cows and 10 bulls, and 20 female donkeys and 10 males. Akobe put servants in charge of each herd and told them, “Go ahead of me and keep a space between each herd.”
Then he said to the servant in charge of the first herd, “When Esau meets you, he will ask whose servant you are. He will want to know where you are going and who owns those animals in front of you. So tell him, ‘They belong to your servant Akobe, who is coming this way. He is sending them as a gift to his lord, Esau.’”
Akobe also told the men in charge of the second and third herds and those who followed to say the same thing when they met Esau. And Jacob told them to be sure to say that he was right behind them. Akobe hoped the gifts would make Esau friendly, so Esau would be glad to see him when they met. Akobe’s men took the gifts on ahead of him, but he spent the night in camp.
To be continued…
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