Jacob’s life – Day 19
Hello everyone today is Saturday and we’re here again to talk about Jacob’s life.
“But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. And he lifted his eyes and saw the women and children, and said, “Who are these with you?” So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” Then the maidservants came near, they and their children, and bowed down. And Leah also came near with her children, and they bowed down. Afterward Joseph and Rachel came near, and they bowed down.” (Gn. 33: 4-7)
Notice what happened to Esau…
But before that, I ask: Who presented the sacrifice? Jacob, right?!
Our offering and sacrifice speak for us. It has life! It’s speaks on our behalf, no words are needed and it will be in public.
Remember when Cain and Abel presented their sacrifices to God? He got angry with Cain, who killed his brother, but until today Abel’s sacrifice cries out from Earth to God.
You’re alive, but maybe your offering is not “saying” anything. Because there wasn’t in fact, a true sacrifice. Perhaps you sacrifice in your own way but it isn’t your “all”.
Jacob’s whole family was gathered, but who bowed seven times? It was Jacob?! Notice the behavior of someone who sacrifices to God, they’re humble!
When Jacob went to meet his brother, Esau ran – not walked – but ran to greet him and embraced him, “… and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept…”
Now they both had true love for each other. Even if both had pain and errors, but because a true sacrifice was presented it added forgiveness and harmony, which was missing in their relationship. Jacob’s conscience was clean because it was he who drew the attention of God.
Our lives can have either a positive or negative result. Even if someone presents a sacrifice on our behalf, whoever sacrificed will be rewarded for his or her audacity. Because of the way they handled the problem and overcame.
Jacob wrestled with God and with men, and continued to fight.
The fact that you sacrifice to God and your name has been changed doesn’t mean you should stop, but you must persevere in resolving your problem and not accept to just sit their waiting for it to get resolved on its own.
Jacob was afraid of his brother, but after fighting with God and sacrificing he lost that fear.
When you sacrifice you have conviction and peace, it covers your “debt.” But when you don’t sacrifice you have fear because you know you’re at fault and this prevents you from going forward.
“Then the maidservants came near, they and their children, and bowed down. And Leah also came near with her children, and they bowed down. Afterward Joseph and Rachel came near, and they bowed down.”
Jacob’s family saw him as a reference!
Many people who are by your side don’t “bow” down because they don’t consider you a reference because you haven’t sacrificed entirely. But if now you’re aware and willing, if you’re truly revolted and alone with God and aren’t afraid to face the problem, then go and do it and put all your energy into it.
They all bowed down because they had someone as a reference, and this reference revolutionizes!
Lately, my days have been so helpful; I have used each day as an opportunity to examine what I need to. I am grateful to God, to be together with you in the same spirit.
Do not forget, tomorrow we’ll be here again. Until then!