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Week 3 Day 6
some of the deepest divisionsare in the family past attitudes and actions seem insurmountable
years may pass or even generations without a word between divided partieswhere and how is healing to comewho is able to make reconciliation possible at times grudges are held on to as though they were some great treasure and the Lord weeps for us in our pain of separation and division
the story of Jacob's tense homecomingcan be a story for us too after a generation of separation because of a deceitful act how will Esau react
the beauty and goodness of that reunion is summarized in a gracious welcome an embrace a kiss tears of joy let go of those things which would divide and hold on to those things which unite
A NEW MAN, ISRAEL Wrestling with God and reconciliation with Esau. Genesis 32 & 33
3Then Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4He commanded them, saying, "Speak to my lord Esau, 'Thus your servant Jacob says:"I have dwelt with Laban and stayed there until now. 5 I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, and male and female servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight."'" 6The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he also is coming to meet you, and four hundredmen are with him." 7So Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies. 8He said, "If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, the other company which is left will escape." 24Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him untilthe breaking of day. 25Now when He saw that He did not prevailagainst Jacob, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks." But Jacob said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!" 27So He said to him, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob." 28He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed."29Then Jacob asked, "Tell me Your name, I pray." He said, "Why is it that you ask about My name?" And He blessed him. 30Jacob named the place Peniel: "For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." 31Just as he crossed over Peniel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip. 1Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was coming, with four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants. 2He put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, Rachel and Joseph last. 3Then he crossed over and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 18Then Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, and he pitched his tent before the city. 19He bought the parcel of land where he had pitched his tent from the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for one hundred pieces of money. 20Then he erected an altar there and called it El Elohe Israel. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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