Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wrestling Before the Lord Continued

Continued from:

Here is a summary of the similarities between Jacob and Enos's wrestling:



Struggled and wrestled

Wrestled and struggled


Before God

All night, into the day

All day, into the night

Estranged brothers/nations (Jacob and Esau)

Estranged brothers/nations (Nephi/Laban)

Esau wanted to kill Jacob

Laman and Lemuel wanted to kill Nephi

Jacob fled into the wilderness to escape

Nephites fled into the wilderness to escape

Esau is a cunning hunter, with skill in the bow (Gen. 27:1-5)

Lamanites are hunters, with skill in the bow (Enos 1:20), Enos went to “hunt”

Records preserved and “sealed” up in an earthen vessel for a long time recording Esau’s loss of the birthright (Jasher 56:55-57).

Preserved and “sealed” records coming forth to convert the Lamanites.

Reconciliation with God and man

Reconciliation with God and man


“Thou shalt be blessed”

“Life is preserved”

“the Lord God would preserve a record”

Entered the promised land

Soul did “rest”

Seeing Esau like seeing the “face of God.”

Then shall he “see His [God’s] face”

“and thou wast pleased with me”

“see his face with pleasure”

Let me know if you can think of any that I missed.


Jennifer O. said...

This is great!!!
One you could consider adding is found in the first line of Enos 1:1, where he knew that his father was a just man and taught him all that he knew. There certainly is that comparison with Jacob, offspring of Abraham!!!

James Carroll said...

Good comment Jennifer. And let's not forget that Enos begins his discussion by referring to his father, Jacob... A different Jacob, but certainly a connection, not sure how to put that into a neat list, but it is relevant.

Jennifer O. said...

James, have you read "Beloved Enos" by Denver Snuffer? I own it, haven't read it yet, but it's come very highly recommended from multiple sources. I am not sure, but it may possibly have additional insights into the wrestle and struggle that you are talking about here.

James Carroll said...

I haven't, you will have to let me know what it says.

Anonymous said...

thx u very much, i learn a lot