Sunday 22 November, 2015

Genesis 27:41-28:5

41 Esau was angry with Jacob. He was angry because of the blessing his father had given to Jacob. He said to himself, “The days of sorrow over my father’s death are near. Then I’ll kill my brother Jacob.” 42 Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said. So she sent for her younger son Jacob. She said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to get back at you by killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say. Run away at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44 Stay with him until your brother’s anger calms down. 45 When he forgets what you did to him, I’ll let you know. Then you can come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?” 46 Then Rebekah spoke to Isaac. She said, “I’m sick of living because of Esau’s Hittite wives. Suppose Jacob also marries a Hittite woman. If he does, my life won’t be worth living.” 28 So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him, “Don’t get married to a Canaanite woman. 2 Go at once to Paddan Aram. Go to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Find a wife for yourself there. Take her from among the daughters of your mother’s brother Laban. 3 May the Mighty God bless you. May he give you children. May he make your family larger until you become a community of nations. 4 May he give you and your children after you the blessing he gave to Abraham. Then you can take over the land where you now live as an outsider. It’s the land God gave to Abraham.” 5 Isaac sent Jacob on his way. Jacob went to Paddan Aram. He went to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean. Laban was Rebekah’s brother. And Rebekah was the mother of Jacob and Esau.

The story of twin brothers – Jacob the younger of the two was a submissive boy, while Esau was the stronger and the more rebellious.

Previously, Jacob had taken the father Isaac’s blessing which normally would be the right of the elder brother. Because of this Esau was very angry at Jacob and planned to kill his brother after their father died.

Jacob’s mother Rebecca short-circuited the situation by sending Jacob away to visit her brother Laban, with the hope that he would find someone to marry. She reasoned that Esau’s angst would subside over time and then Jacob could return home. Isaac sent Jacob away with his blessing.

Like Esau many of us find it difficult to manage our emotions. This creates situations which easily develops bitter and division within relationships. We remind ourselves that the Holy Spirit lives within us in order to mould us into the image of Jesus. If we don’t yield to Him and allow Him to deal with anger and/or bitterness we will forfeit the promise of “abundant life” which Jesus promised us.

Father we ask you to guard our hearts and deliver us from any emotions which will spoil intimacy with You. Forgive us when we have allowed bitterness or anger to continue in our hearts.

Written by Keith Bennett

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