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The Protector (Genesis 33:1-7)

Introductory Thoughts

A normal man naturally desires to protect what God has given to him. Jacob was not always the best example of godliness, but he had the right desire to protect his family from harm. The Bible reveals to us how he reacted when he could see his brother Esau approaching. Unsure of how this reunion might disintegrate into harm, Jacob divided his family with the most precious at the rear. As his family’s protector, Jacob led the caravan. If there was going to be trouble, he would have an opportunity to intervene offering his family an opportunity to flee for safety. According to Ephesians 5:25, a man’s protection should include a willingness to lay down his life for his wife. A godly man will always intercede between his home and the impending danger.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Noah protected his family by believing God and obediently building the ark (Genesis 7:5, 7). God made men stronger than women (1 Peter 3:7). Women need help and protection both physically (Genesis 29:7-10; Exodus 2:16-19; Mark 16:1-3) and spiritually (1 Timothy 2:12-14).
  • (For everyone): Do those in your home feel safe? Why or why not? Do you have someone who would willingly provide protection in the unfortunate case that trouble comes?
  • What are some ways in which a husband and father can protect those within his home? Is this protection always physical, or should he protect them spiritually and emotionally too?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for giving you a protector.
  • Ask the Lord to help you be a good protector.