Hi… It’s me. Benny.
Yaakov was finally on the home-stretch of his journey back from Lavan’s house. He had mixed feelings about going home.
On the one hand, at long last he was relieved to leave Lavan and bring his new family home to meet his parents. But, on the other hand, who knew what Eisav would have in store for him: would he be forgiving, or still full of anger?
Yaakov was afraid that even after all those years away from home, Eisav would still want to take revenge for “stealing” the blessings of their father, Yitzchak.
It was time to find out just what Eisav was up to. Yaakov sent messengers to seek out some answers, and the news was very frightening. They had spotted Eisav coming toward Yaakov… with an army of 400 men!
Yaakov was terrified, but he knew he could not afford to panic. He needed some quick-thinking! Yes, it was time to take serious action. Yaakov came up with a 3-part plan.
Yaakov was away from his parents for a total of 36 years!
Can you imagine? No cell phones, no email, no text messages, no pony express… not even a quick in-and-out visit, just to say “hello.”
That’s a long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, time!
The Torah tells us that Yaakov sent Malachim to find out whether Eisav still wanted to kill him. Some Rabbis say that Malachim here refers to human messengers but Rashi tells us that they were real Malachim – holy angels!
It seems that Rashi is of the opinion that since Yaakov did not want to endanger the safety of human being messengers, he was forced to send spiritual angels who could not be harmed by anyone – not even the powerful Eisav.
Well, if these messengers were angels why did our famous Shazak artist depict them as people? Take your pick for the answer.