Screenplay ~~- The Baby-Making War

Jacob Sends Flocks As A Peace-Gift To Esau

Loving Enemies
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Chapter Synopsis:
Jacob sends messengers before him to placate his brother Esau [the Red-Man] in the rough land of Edom, [the Red-man's] country.


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JACOB
(to Simeon & Levi)
Say this to my lord Esau: โ€˜Your servant Jacob says, โ€œI journeyed to live with Laban.
I stayed there until now.
I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, menservants, and women-servants.
I'm sending this message of repentance to you, my lord, hoping to find grace & forgiveness in your sight.

Simeon and Levi race off on their fast horses.

The sun moves across the sky as Jacob paces, biting his nails.

HOURS LATER:

Simeon and Levi return to Jacob:

SIMEON
(to Jacob)
We reached your brother Esau (the Red-man).

LEVI
(to Jacob)
He's coming with 400 men to meet you!

[Fearing war with Esau,] Jacob shakes, overwhelmed with terror and distress.

Jacob rushes to separate his animals:

JACOB
(to his sons)
Divide our travelers, flocks, herds, and camels into two groups!

Jacob rushes Rachel to one side of the camp:

JACOB
(to Rachel)
Even if Esau [attacks and] slaughters one group-

Shortly later, Jacob rushes Leah to the other side of the camp:

JACOB
(to Leah)
โ€”then the other group will [have time to] escape.

Later, Jacob drops to his knees:

JACOB
(later, prays)
Yahweh, Elohim of my father Abraham, Elohim of my father Isaac, you ordered me:


FLASHBACK to 20 years earlier:

EXT. DESERT - NIGHT (FLASHBACK)

Jacob stares to the glowing night sky:

YAHWEH'S ANGEL (O.S.)
Return to your country, and to your relatives. I'll prosper you...


EXT. DESERT - DAY (CONTINUOUS)

JACOB
(to sky)
I am, [and always have been] unworthy of the least of the mercies and faithfulness you've shown to me, your servant.

Jacob runs to separate the camels into two groups.

JACOB
(prays over action)
I had nothing but my staff when I passed over this Jordan river; yet You've multiplied my progeny and possessions into two [huge] hosts!

Jacob runs to separate his goat herds into two groups.

JACOB
(over action)
I beg you, deliver me from the power of my brother, from the fist of Esau. I fear he'll attack and murder me and my servants, killing my children and burying them beneath their wailing mothers.

Jacob runs to separate his sheep flocks into two groups.

JACOB
(over action)
But You promised [me]:

TWENTY years earlier, in Caanan:


EXT. DESERT - NIGHT (FLASHBACK)

YAHWEH'S ANGEL (O.S.)
I will achieve your absolute good: I'll make your seed like the sand of the sea: a multitude which can't be numbered.'


EXT. DESERT - NIGHT

Jacob camps there by the Jordan river that night.

Under the moonlight, he runs around grabbing and piling up everything he can put his hands on, as presents for Esau his brother:

--200 female goats,

--20 stud-goats;

--200 female sheep;

-- 20 rams;

-- 30 female camels with their colts;

--40 cows;

--10 bulls;

--20 female donkeys;

--10 male donkeys.

Jacob stations each herd by itself.
He puts his servants in charge of the animals:

JACOB
(To Levi)
Go on ahead of me. Keep some space between the herds.

JACOB
(To Simeon)
When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, โ€˜Who is your master? Where are you going? And owns all these [animals] in front of you?โ€™

Jacob whacks a straying sheep with his staff.

JACOB
(To Levi)
Then you'll answer, โ€˜The animals belong to your servant Jacob. They're a present he sends to you, lord Esau. And look! Jacob is back there behind us.โ€™

Jacob gives the same command to the 2nd servant:

JACOB
(To Dan)
Speak very kindly. [Placate] Esau when you find him:

JACOB
(to mass of workers)
Don't forget to tell Esau,
โ€˜Look, your servant Jacob is behind us.โ€™

JACOB
(to Leah)
I'll appease Esau with the presents I've sent ahead of me.

JACOB
(to Rachel)
Then I'll see Esau face to face. Maybe he'll accept me instead of fulfilling his vow to murder me.

Jacob buries his head in Rachel's embrace.

Meanwhile, the servants take the presents over the river ahead of Jacob.

Jacob camps that night with his family in their covered wagon, tossing and turning in Rachel's arms in bed.