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It was inevitable.  Israel returned home to meet his brother.  All he had was God’s promise, to protect him.  When he arrived he expected the worst—but, it did not happen. Rather than revenge, Esau simply wanted to hug his brother’s neck.  The reunion was sweet and the reception was kind. Jacob was protected by God. Esau had plenty and didn’t want anything from his brother.  Still, Esau saw a different man than the brother that left.  He was trying to give his brother treasures, he was protecting his family and not himself.  The selfish and deceitful Jacob was now a humble and faithful father, husband and brother. 

When we are made new in Christ it is obvious to all.  Our new nature is a treasure that is welcomed by many.  We can leave our past behind and become the people we were called to be.  We may face some opposition because of our faith, but we will face little because of our character.  Israel’s brother saw the difference and accepted him for who he was.  God’s people can be a light to the world.  When we stand out and can truly bring peace in the chaotic world we live in.  We need to humbly present ourselves to others and allow God to handle the rest—walking daily and following closely.

God Bless You

Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”

Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down. Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”

“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said. But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”

10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it