February 15, 2019

ESAU MEETS JACOB

The time has come for the two men to meet. We knew that Jacob was very afraid of this meeting, and also that he wrestled with the Angel of the LORD in the night, but the way he now arranged his family to meet Esau reveals the state of his mind towards Esau. He was not convinced that Esau would not harm him, and if he were to do that, he allowed the love he had for each one to play important role in his decision. Genesis 33:1-3 reads  “Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was coming, and with him were four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants.  And he put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last. Then he crossed over before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. “

Can we see the order of arrangement? Rachel and Joseph, his beloved wife and son last, while the maidservants and their children first. That is, if anything were to happen to any of them, the one closest to him (Rachel and Joseph) should be unhurt. This behavior is human behavior toward those we love. But thank God who loves the whole world and do not want any one to perish, and that was why He made salvation free for all and whosoever shall believe in the only begotten Son of God shall be saved.

Back to Jacob and Esau’s meeting, the scripture tells us it was a peaceful meeting. God had already taken care of the heart of Esau, because he too had received his own blessings from the LORD. The scripture says, “Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.   And he lifted his eyes and saw the women and children, and said, “Who are these with you?” So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”   Then the maidservants came near, they and their children, and bowed down.   And Leah also came near with her children, and they bowed down. Afterward Joseph and Rachel came near, and they bowed down. Then Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company which I met?” And he said, “These are to find favor in the sight of my lord.” But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.”  And Jacob said, “No, please, if I have now found favor in your sight, then receive my present from my hand, inasmuch as I have seen your face as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me. Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” So he urged him, and he took it.” (Genesis 33:4-11)

Thank God that God is no respecter of any person.  He always meets us at our own point of need. He met Jacob on his way to Haran and promised never to leave him until He fulfilled everything He had ordained for him. So God was faithful to His word, and though Jacob was afraid of meeting Esau, God had already taken care of that situation. Though we were not informed about how Esau became wealthy, the fact that he came with 400 men pointed to the fact that God was with him too. He also confirmed that “I have enough, my brother, keep what you have for yourself.” God also worked wonders in Esau’s life too, being able to keep his family and then surrounded by 400 men with families too. The blessing of God makes one rich and does not add sorrow to it. The reason why he wept bitterly when Jacob received the blessing that was meant for the firstborn, was because he thought that that was the only means of blessing that was meant for him.  From the lives of the two brothers, and the blessings that came upon them, we can see that God is the ONLY ONE that blesses. God had to meet even Jacob to pronounce blessing on him despite Isaac’s blessing that he received in a deceptive way. God also met Esau at his own point to release blessing on him.

The lesson from the lives of these twin brothers, is that we must not focus on what we can achieve to make us comfortable, but focus on God who is able to bless the works of our hands. Psalm 1:1-3 reads “Blessed is the man , Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LordAnd in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree  Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.” Those who receive the blessing of the Lord are those who take God at His Word, -delight in His law, meditate on his word day and night and keep away from evil, then WHATEVER they do shall prosper. Many of us do not receive the blessings from the LORD because we are not in line with the word of God. Jacob must have received his own brokenness since he ran from home because of his brother Esau. He must have felt the guilt of hurting his brother, and had in mind to ask for forgiveness whenever they met. Esau too must have been comforted and healed by the outpouring of the love of God on him. So in essence God had brought healing to both of them while they were away from each other and now when they now came face to face, it was a time of JOY, weeping upon each other and kissing each other. There was nothing to fear really. That is God’s LOVE. FORGIVENESS is the key to living a godly life.

Brothers and sisters, let us dwell together in love, by forgiving whosoever hurts us. As we do this, the LORD will continue to pour Himself unto us so that we can receive the abundant blessings that were meant for us in Jesus Name, Amen. Remain blessed!

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