Genesis 33 – February 2
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Genesis 33 – Jacob Meets Esau
Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2 He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. 5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked.
Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”
6 Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. 7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
8 Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”
“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.
9 But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”
10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.
12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”
13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”
15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”
“But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”
16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. 17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.
18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19 For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. 20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.
Brazen | Dyea Rowland
Genesis 33:14, 17
In yesterday’s reading, Jacob was met by two angels (the passage was vague on the conversation), but we know that Jacob had direct orders from God to return to Bethel. Jacob realized that he would encounter his brother Esau and he had wrestled God all night for blessing and overcame. Jacob anticipated this dreadful meeting with his brother. He had imagined it to be the worst of the worst, and this is a man who knew God was on his side. Yet he schemed anyhow by loading Esau up with livestock; weeping with him after they embraced; telling him all sorts of lies; moreover, telling Esau that he would come to Seir when he had no intention of doing so. LIES…again; he had God on his side, so why?
Do you ever wonder what makes people tick? After reading this chapter today, I could point the fingers at least at a couple people who seem to act the way that Jacob does. But instead of pointing fingers at others, I want to point it at myself. I am guilty; I am just as brazen as Jacob, and I have been this week. I have made some promises to God, and my intention was good, but my flesh has gotten the best of me, and I have flat out lied to my Jesus above.
I don’t want my flesh to get in the way of Your desires, and it did this week. I don’t want to be a liar, because that is not who You created me to be. When I promise You that I will draw near to You and not run away, that is what I will do.
Father, a lie is a lie, no matter how little, or how brazen. If You instruct me to go to Bethel in Canaan, and my flesh wants to settle in Shechem in Canaan – push me, make me see, and hold me accountable to Your specific instructions. If I tell You that You can count on me, and I start to fail – push me, make me see, and hold me accountable to my own words. I was dependent on my own self and not You; I don’t know best, and I make a mess of things – every time. Please forgive me and my selfish ways. Your ways are best…Amen.
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