Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 29, 2022

“God has dealt graciously with me”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 33:1-11.

“Then Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him.  So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids.  He put the maids and their children in front, and Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last.  But he himself passed on ahead of them and bowed down to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.  He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, “Who are these with you?”  So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”  Then the maids came near with their children, and they bowed down.  Leah likewise came near with her children, and they bowed down;  and afterward Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed down.  And he said, “What do you mean by all this company which I have met?”  And he said, “To find favor in the sight of my lord.”  But Esau said, “I have plenty, my brother;  let what you have be your own.”  Jacob said, “No, please, if now I have found favor in your sight, then take my present from my hand, for I see your face as one sees the face of God, and you have received me favorably.  Please take my gift which has been brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have plenty.”  Thus he urged him and he took it.”  Genesis 33:1-11.  

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God dealt graciously with Jacob in different ways.  We will look at three ways presented by today’s Scripture.

First, although Jacob was “greatly afraid and distressed” of Esau (see Genesis 32:6-7), we read:  “Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.”  Verse 4. 

“When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7.

Second, Jacob introduced his children to Esau by saying: “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” Verse 5.

“3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.” Psalm 137:3-5.

Third, Jacob convinced a reluctant Esau to take his gift by stating: “Please take my gift which has been brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have plenty.” Verse 11.

“It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich,
And He adds no sorrow to it.” Proverbs 10:22.


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