Genesis Chapter 33

Genesis 33

1And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.

2And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.

3And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

4And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

5And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.

6Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

7And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.

8And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

9And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

10And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.

11Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

12And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

13And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

14Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

15And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.

16So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.

17And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

18And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city.

19And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for an hundred pieces of money.

20And he erected there an altar, and called it EleloheIsrael.

14 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 33

  1. V.4 And Esau ran to meet him,and embraced him, and fll at his neck, and kissed him,and they wept. The power of forgiveness, I believe that Esau had forgiven Jacob a long time ago, in order not to want to accept what jacob had offered him.

  2. 9And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

    10And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.

    I can’t wait to be to the point when we give not to meet a need, but because we have seen the face of God.

  3. EleloheIsrael

    15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.

    What an incredible testimony of restoration. Jacob having deceived his father into the Birthright, slighting his own brother Esau from what was rightly his; man’s agreements never supersede God’s authority. Therefore the bowl of soup agreement would disappoint God but not disqualify the inheritance belonging to Esau.

    Jacob in finally coming to grips with who he was and paying the dues of his error through his father in law, has this supernatural encounter with God where he is face to face with GOD and takes on this new identity. His name (Israel) and nature (Giver) are changed before he would face his brother.

    (We should all seek GOD face to face before a potential controversial encounter.)

    Jacob gives his gifts, Esau forgives and offers help. Jacob declines the help to establish 1 thing.

    EleloheIsrael

    El-elohe-Israel = “the mighty God of Israel”

    Jacob now trusts in GOD!

    BE Church
    Trust in GOD

  4. v20 And he erected there an altar, and card it
    El- el-o-he-Israel.

    Jacob did not address GOD as The GOD of his fathers, but to The GOD Of Israel.
    ( A personal relationship)
    Once we have had an first- hand encounter with GOD we will never be the same
    Jacob showed humility and realized we can do nothing without The Lord, and The Lord was
    pleased, and knew his children were tender, and
    lead them safe, and softly.
    Thank- you Jesus for the victory last nite
    I’m humbled…. LORD , as you lead us safe and
    softly help us to always please you.

  5. 4And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

    Clearly Esau had forgiven Jacob and was happy to him. The joy that comes when we forgive.

  6. Jacob was anticipating loss when he encountered his brother. Yet, he still made the journey, with the help of the Lord.

    Jacob seeing his brother, and wanting to make it right with him, offered gifts to Esau. However, Esau refused and it became a blessing to Jacob.

    Instead of loss, there was gain, as Esau gave to Jacob.

    The favor of the Lord was upon Jacob. When we are walking into a situation with the Esaus in our life, by being in relationship with God, our loss can become a blessing instead.

  7. A peace offering that was not needed.

    Jacob sent several peace offerings to Esau to please him if he was angry. It was not need though because Esau wanted to see Jacob. We can take this and put into our lives in the sense that we think that we need to give God a peace offering when all he wants is us. Nothing more , nothing less, just us.

  8. A Gracious Exchange

    Jacob in response to Esau’s gracious welcome, remarks that seeing Esau’s face is like seeing God’s. Probably Jacob is remembering how, just the night before, he had seen God’s face, and it too, was gracious. Newly humbled, Jacob seems amazed to recieve mercy not only from God but also from his brother, a sibiling with whom he has never gotten along.
    In Genesis 33:11, when Jacob offers a gift of livestock to Esau, the Hebrew word for present can also be translated “blessing.” Perhaps Jacob is saying… “In this small way, let me bless you in payment for our father’s blessing, which I stole from you.” This scene’s colors are painted from forgiveness and mercy and a remind us that, regardless of how we might have been wronged or wrong another, it is possible to give and recieve forgiveness and even to be loving and gracious to the other person.

  9. Run, Don’t Walk, To The Nearest Exit

    V4 “And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.”

    Esau’s reception of Jacob is very reminiscent of the father’s reception of the prodigal son, nearly word for word in v4. Jacob feared his brother and planned ahead to apease him just as the prodigal had his speech ready for his father about not being worthy to be called his son. Yet the possibility they both feared was not the reality they were confronted with. Esau ran and embraced Jacob, the father ran and embraced the son. Imagine a great man of the day, with a 400 man army, breaking down in front of everyone, throwing aside pride and dignity befitting his social status, and running (not walking) to embrace his brother with tears. Esau had a lot against him, yet for all his faults, he displays the sort of forgiveness and reconciliation we in the church should have for one another. Brother should not be against brother, a house divided against itself will not stand; it’s love that covers a multitude of sins.

  10. 1And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.

    2And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.

    3And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

    4And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

    Jacob’s approach to Esau was done in a spirit of humiltity. Many bridges can be repaired and barriers destroyed by our approach to people in offenses. Lord help us to Be Church and allow your spirit in us to bind up the brokenhearted.

  11. This chapter illustrates fear. Jacob was afraid his Esau would do him harm as such he prepared for the worst. However sometimes we make things bigger than they really are; “And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.” We must learn to trust the Lord, as well as the man that preaches his Word. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  12. Jacob thought that Esau would still be angry. Jacob like us thought the situation was worse that it really was. God changes the hearts of even ouur enemies.

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