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And now for the moment you’ve all been
waiting for. We’ve been learning about the life of Jacob. He overtook his
brother Esau’s inheritance and blessing and left his homeland to flee from
Esau’s anger. The Lord told him he would return to the Promised Land
someday. He found refuge with his Uncle Laban and married two of his
daughters. Jacob has eleven children now, and plenty of flocks, herds, and
servants. He is returning home after twenty years.
Jacob has sent a generous gift ahead
of him and he offered it to Esau by messenger in hopes of a peaceful
return. Finally, when Esau is in Jacob’s sight, Jacob hurries in front of
his wives and children and bows to the ground seven times in front of Esau.
Esau ran to meet his brother, embraced him and kissed him and they both
cried. Do you remember that Isaac told Esau that he would forgive his
brother when he got the chance?
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Esau, looking at Jacob’s family asked,
Who are these that are with you? Jacob answered, They are the children that
God has blessed me with. They all came near and bowed. Esau asked, What do
you mean by all the gifts that you sent before you? Jacob said, They’re a
peace offering to you. Esau told Jacob that he had enough and to keep his
things for himself. But Jacob was so relieved about finding grace with Esau
that he urged him to accept the gift, and he did.
Now with peace between the brothers,
Jacob settled in the land of Canaan north of the Salt Sea and Esau returned
to his home south of the Salt Sea.
Forgiveness is something that we must not only expect, but provide with all.
If there is someone you have not forgiven for wronging you ... Consider
doing so now. As Jesus said, you must forgive all. Lest the cancer of hate
eat you up inside.
Coming up in our next story, another
son for Jacob, so keep your bookmark here and join in again as we explore
the book of Genesis in Daily Bread.