Genesis 33 IN FOCUS
Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming…
THINK ABOUT IT
What bitterness is in you?
Why do you hate people?
How do you regard those who offend you?
Do you want peace?
Do you remember the parable of the Good Samaritan?
Jacob had committed the most painful lifetime torture to his brother Esau. He robbed his brother of his birthright and conspired with Rebbecca, his mother to take the blessings of his own brother, Esau. Jacob deserved nothing but a great revenge from his brother Esau but, there is always a good choice, there is always a better choice and there is always the best choice.
Forgiveness is freedom. Forgiveness is liberation. Forgiveness is a choice. Jacob, regardless of the painful life he caused his brother Esau to go through still did find a reason to repent. His repentance can be described as a true repentance. Zacchaeus showed a deep sense of repentance when he met Jesus Christ.
” When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Jacob knew how he had offended his own brother. He found a good means to reconcile with him. He sent flocks and men ahead of him. 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.
We must find the reasonable reason to ponder over how we offend people intentionally or unintentionally each day. We must find the great need to repent and reconcile with those we offend.
Jesus Christ said Matthew 5 :23 that ‘If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath any thing against thee; Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother: and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift. ..
Jesus Christ said For I tell you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
He further said ” You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thy enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans this? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens this? Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.
And finally he said:
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Jacob had been enslaved by his acts. Esau was however a free man. Whilst Jacob was thinking deeply about how to meet Esau, what gift to give and how to present it to him, Esau was not bothering himself with that. When we hold bitterness, we enslave ourselves, we torture our emotions and we cripple our real self.
Reconcile with someone today. Reconcile with Jesus Christ today.
When you forgive and forget you are free but when you keep it, you shall always have it
PONDER: One serious thing revenge do to us to enslave us to those we want to take revenge on.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”