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No matter how many times Jacob said he was the servant to Esau, it wouldn't change God's plan. Jacob was positioned to receive the blessing. Not Esau. No matter how many times you try to deny or thwart or stall God's plan, His plan stands. Embrace His plan. #Genesis32 #Jacob #Esau #Bible #BibleStudy
In Genesis 32, we read about Jacob preparing to meet Esau. If you remember, the last time these two brothers were together, Jacob had taken Esau’s blessing through deception. Esau was furious and vowed to get revenge. Jacob fled to safety. In this chapter, Jacob wrestles with God and is renamed Israel. After all of this, he continues to call himself a servant to Esau.
Esau was the firstborn, and rightfully was to have the firstborn rights. We read about Jacob taking Esau’s birthright over some stew. We later read that Jacob dresses as Esau to take the blessing as well. God foreknew this all. Remember, Genesis 25:23 tells us that the birth order will be switched – the older will serve the younger—so this shouldn’t be a surprise.
As you look through Genesis 32 and 33, note all of the times Jacob says he is the servant to Esau. As many times as he states it, it never changes what God has ordained long ago. The line of blessing was Jacob’s line. This great line would become a great nation. It is through the line of Jacob that we find Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Today, consider who God says you are and what God has shown you for your life. This is precious. This is to be embraced. No matter how many times you try to reach for something else, deny something, change the order or design, God’s plan stands.
“But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” – Psalm 33:11 [NIV]
I love when Jacob and Esau reunite. When Jacob and Esau were last together, Jacob was stealing Esau’s blessing. His mother and he were following a plan of deception with included wearing clothing to disguise the truth, and cooking food to carry out the bad intentions. Yes, it was all a part of the youngest son ruling the oldest, as was spoken before these men grew to this point; however, the deception was present and emotions were high. Esau wanted to kill Jacob.
Jacob was fearful of Esau and took off for another area directed by his mother. When Esau was nearby, Jacob separated his family into sections and sent forth a large gift. Esau doesn’t seem angry at all. He doesn’t seem like the same Esau who threatened Jacob’s life. Instead he comes forward with a smile and an embrace. Jacob says that Esau’s smile “is like seeing the face of God!”
Wow. The face of God. Esau’s smile was like the face of God because it was grace-filled. It was compassionate and merciful. Esau did not approach wanting the vengeance he once desired. He came with forgiveness. When people see you today, will they say it is “like seeing the face of God” or something very different? Remember, we are to bring Jesus everywhere we go—forgiveness, love, mercy, grace, compassion, humility—everywhere we go.
“But Jacob insisted, ‘No, if I have found favor with you, please accept this gift from me. And what a relief to see your friendly smile. It is like seeing the face of God!’” – Genesis 33:10 [NLT]
When it comes to adding to the word of God, any addition is a bad addition. In Proverbs 30, it states, “Don’t add to His words, or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar” (v. 6 HCSB). In Revelation 22:19, Jesus even says that if you take away from the Word, you will lose your portion of the tree of life. The bottom line is the Word of God is just that—the Word of God.
This means that we accept His Word as Truth and we submit to its original intent. We don’t try to make it mean something else because we like another meaning. Paul states that we should not think beyond what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6). From the very beginning we were adding to God’s words and disillusioning ourselves with lies. When the serpent was speaking with Eve, she added to what God said about the tree of life, stating that it couldn’t be touched.
Be very careful when you read God’s Word, that you treat it as that—God’s Word. Don’t try to make it your word. Don’t try to only see what you think it says to you. Love it. Study it. Embrace it. Live by it. Ask God what He means. The Word is alive and active. Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And if you don’t understand something, seek some wise assistance but never say what you think God meant if you have no basis for it. Too many people think they know what God thinks when the truth is no one knows.
“But God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” – Genesis 3:3 [ESV]