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 September 22, 2018

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Text: Amos 1-5
Audio: Amos 1-5

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Memory Verse of the Week

“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
(Genesis 28:15 ESV)

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. And he put the servants with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. He himself went on before them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 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.” Then the servants drew near, they and their children, and bowed down. Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down. And last Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down. Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company that I met?” Jacob answered, “To find favor in the sight of my lord.” 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.

12 Then Esau said, “Let us journey on our way, and I will go ahead of you.” 13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail, and that the nursing flocks and herds are a care to me. If they are driven hard for one day, all the flocks will die. 14 Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, at the pace of the livestock that are ahead of me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”

15 So Esau said, “Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “What need is there? Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.” 16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. 17 But Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built himself a house and made booths for his livestock. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

18 And Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram, and he camped before the city. 19 And from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, he bought for a hundred pieces of money the piece of land on which he had pitched his tent. 20 There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

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  1. But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. Genesis 33:4

    Brotherly Love

    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?

    In the preceding chapters of Genesis we see Jacob taking from Esau. Now Jacob only wants to give. Esau has plenty and doesn't want anything from Jacob. As a matter of fact, he wants to give to him when he said, "let me leave with you some of the people who are with me" (Genesis 33:15).

    While this is a great chapter of "bridge-building" and brotherly love, it is also a sign of Jacob lacking faith, not trusting in the Lord and giving in to fear (as he prostrated himself before Esau). Nevertheless, the chapter ends with Jacob building an altar to the Lord.

    I love that the Bible doesn't hide the flawed faith and inconsistencies in those written about. That should give us encouragement since none of us have it all together all the time!
     

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