Genesis 33 GW - Jacob Meets Esau - Jacob saw Esau - Bible Gateway
The prospect of meeting Esau after their twenty-year estrangement is indeed daunting. How will Jacob face Esau after having usurped the latter's inheritance. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. GENESIS ,3,4. As the glory of the morning sun broke forth. David Guzik commentary on Genesis 33 where Jacob meets Esau and demonstrates submission to his brother, before they part again.
According to Daniel J. Elazar this action alone forever rules out Esau as the bearer of patriarchal continuity. Esau could have overcome the sale of his birthright; Isaac was still prepared to give him the blessing due the firstborn. But acquiring foreign wives meant the detachment of his children from the Abrahamic line. Despite the deception on the part of Jacob and his mother to gain Isaac's patriarchal blessing, Jacob's vocation as Isaac's legitimate heir in the continued founding of the Jewish people is reaffirmed.
Elazar suggests that the Bible indicates that a bright, calculating person who, at times, is less than honest, is preferable as a founder over a bluff, impulsive one who cannot make discriminating choices.
He dressed himself in Esau's best clothes and disguised himself by covering his arms in lamb skin so that if his blind father touched him, he would think Jacob his more hirsute brother.
Bible Studies on Jacob Lesson 12: Jacob and Esau Meet Again as Brothers
Jacob brought Isaac a dish of goat meat prepared by Rebecca to taste like venison. Isaac then bestowed the blessing bekhorahwhich confers a prophetic wish for fertility vv. Esau is furious and vows to kill Jacob Genesis Rebekah intervenes to save her younger son Jacob from being murdered by her elder son, Esau. She explains to Isaac that she has sent Jacob to find a wife among her own people. Jacob does not immediately receive his father's inheritance. Jacob, having fled for his life, leaves behind the wealth of Isaac's flocks and land and tents in Esau's hands.
Jacob is forced to sleep out on the open ground and then work for wages as a servant in Laban's household. Jacob, who had deceived his father, is in turn deceived and cheated by his relative Laban concerning Jacob's seven years of service lacking money for a dowry for the hand of Laban's daughter Rachelreceiving his older daughter Leah instead.
Reconciliation[ edit ] Genesis 32—33 tells of Jacob and Esau's eventual meeting according to God's commandment in Genesis The two men prepare for their meeting like warriors about to enter into battle.
Genesis 33 NIV - Jacob Meets Esau - Jacob looked up and - Bible Gateway
Jacob divides his family into two camps such that if one is taken the other might escape Genesis Now in Genesis 33, Jacob meets a powerful brother, one whose men could have destroyed him. But Esau does not do so. Jacob is experiencing the protecting power of God. Earlier as well, it was God who intervened by means of a dream to tell Laban to leave Jacob alone, and Laban did not attack Jacob.
Laban barked loudly, but there was no bite. But we do not read that Esau has received any night vision or dream to tell him to deal kindly with his brother. Yet clearly Esau has changed. Jacob insists on going in separate ways Jacob declines this offer, giving the excuse that the children and the female animals are too weak to make this trip at a vigorous speed.
We find this excuse of Jacob not convincing, seeing that Jacob and his retinue had traveled away from Laban in very good time. Jacob tells Esau that he can just travel on ahead. Eventually Jacob and his household will arrive in Mt. This is the region south of the Dead Sea where the Edomites, the descendants of Esau, will live. But Jacob apparently never goes there.
Jacob and Esau
Has he deceived his brother one more time? Esau and Jacob will separate as brothers again, if not actually friends. Will this good will between the twin brothers last during their lifetime?
How will their descendants relate to each other? Time will tell, but that story will not be as pleasant as the story told here in Genesis Jacob begins to move in The text tells us that he has safely come back home.
He eventually comes to live at Shechem in the central part of Canaan. Jacob is coming home, as he is settling in with his household. Remember that this is the land God has promised to him and his forefathers! See how this is an answer to his prayer in Genesis Later he moves on to the Shechem region about 30 miles or 48 km distance. This is the Promised Land, to be sure, and yet Jacob must purchase land from the Shechemites.
But see what he does with it: The significance is that this spot of worship serves as a kind of outpost for the kingdom of God. In the midst of Canaanite idolatry and paganism, here is a place where the true God might be worshiped and honored.
What does this say about Jacob, with regard to his attitude toward God and his attitude toward his own new name? Their faith deepens, their hope becomes more secure, and their love matures. Biblical saints still have many flaws, and the devil keeps seeking to trip them up, but God begins a good work in Abram, in Isaac, in Jacob, in David, and in many more, and He will bring that good work to completion cf. Points to ponder and discuss 1. What is the irony of this kiss in the light of earlier events?
Why does Jacob bow seven times? Hamilton, Genesis 18—50, p. Or, do God the Father and His Spirit have a very important role to play here? Apart from regeneration, what is the heart attitude of human being toward God and the neighbor?
Why was Jacob so fearful of Esau? Why is this so? What is it that can drive away our fears? What was the purpose of the many gifts that Jacob presses upon Esau? What is the purpose of gift-giving, whether in ancient times or in our times? How often do we give in order to get? Can gift-giving become a subtle form of manipulation? By changing Esau, what has God brought about that will advance His kingdom through Jacob?