GENESIS 32 IN FOCUS
Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
THINK ABOUT IT
What guilt is ruling your mind?
What footprint did you leave yesterday?
Why do you cheat others?
Do you think we reap what we sow?
Why the fear?
If you cheat others because of their ignorance, be warned! God who is not ignorant of what you are doing is watching! If you like taking what doesn’t belong to you, be warned! All things belong to God and he is watching. If you like backbiting others, be warned! they might be absent but, God is present. Nothing is so hidden. Things done in latent shall surely come to the light later.
Regardless of how long it takes the tree to germinate, grow and flower, its fruits shall surely be seen!
Jacob conspired with his mother to take his brothers blessings. He could have disapprove the plans of his mother.
5 But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, 6 she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau, 7 ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’ 8 Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you. 9 Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish. 10 Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.”
The same things we did yesterday are the same things we shall meet today. The same things we are meeting today, shall be the same things we shall meet tomorrow. It was time for Jacob to go back to the footprints he left. Jacob, though God had instructed him to return home, was filled with fear and guilt.
7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups,[c] and the flocks and herds and camels as well. 8 He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group,[d] the group[e] that is left may escape.
If Jacob had treated his brother well, he would have been going back home with a clear conscience but, because of the footprints he left, he was going back in fear.
Though Joseph had a clear conscience meeting his brothers, his brothers were with guilt because of what they had done.
21 They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.”
Whatever we are doing today shall be what we shall do tomorrow probably in a different or the same form. Jesus Christ said:
‘ Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. ‘
If you can do it today, you can bear the consequence tomorrow!