And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother to the land of Seir, the country of Edom.…
1. Providence ordereth returns of messages sometimes to be cross to the expectation of His saints.
2. Messages of peace are delivered to wicked men from saints sometimes without answerable return.
3. Faithful messengers will perform their charge whatever the issue be (Proverbs 25:13).
4. Wicked men though intreated, may show themselves in their power and terror to the saints (ver. 6).
5. Creature-terrors are apt to stir up fears vehemently in the hearts of God's dearest ones.
6. Fears in saints are not so violent, but that they rationally provide for their safety under them.
7. It is good prudence to save part from ruin when the whole is in danger.
8. Military order in setting troops in place, is not unbeseeming saints (ver. 7; Genesis 14:15).
9. God's armies do not quiet saints sometimes, when sense worketh on outward danger.
10. Smitings of some by enemies are reasonable warnings for others to escape (ver. 8).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.