Genesis 33 (ESV)
And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two female servants. 2 And he put the servants with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. 3 He himself went on before them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
4 But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5 And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” 6 Then the servants drew near, they and their children, and bowed down. 7 Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down. And last Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down. 8 Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company that I met?” Jacob answered, “To find favor in the sight of my lord.” 9 But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” 10 Jacob said, “No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. 11 Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” Thus he urged him, and he took it . . . Continue Reading
A surprising plot twist to the feared attack revealed in the previous chapter of Genesis. Esau not only didn’t attack Jacob but he “ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept” (Genesis 33:4).
This reminds me of the story of the “Prodigal Son” in Luke 15:20 when the father sees the son still a long way off, “his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”
After sending others in front of him in Genesis 32, Jacob now takes the lead and goes out to meet Esau – with his 400 men with him. What a sign of humility. Imagine the scene if Jacob had met his brother and his 400 men with his own 400 men?
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,