“But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.”(Genesis 33:4, NIV)
Esau and his younger brother, Jacob were twins born to Isaac and Rebekah. From the time they were in the womb into their adult years, they fought. The two had such distinct personalities that they were as different as night and day.
When he was hungry, Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. He exchanged it for a bowl of stew. A temporary meal was what he traded for his heritage.
After time passed, Isaac aged. He was no longer able to see, and he knew his time on earth was growing short. He called for his older son, Esau, to prepare him a meal. And then he would bless him.
But Jacob disguised himself and claimed the blessing for himself. This enraged Esau, so Jacob fled to a distant country. For the next two decades, the brothers remained strangers.
When Jacob went to return home, he heard that Esau was coming to greet him. He was terrified that his brother was planning to slaughter him and his family. So, he went humbly, bowing before his twin.
Esau ignored the gifts and instead tackled Jacob in a hug. Together, they wept, and all was forgiven between the two.
Do you have a sibling you need to forgive, or someone you long to reconcile with? Take a page out of Jacob’s book and pray over your reunion.
God, You see what’s happened between me and (sibling’s name). I ask for healing and forgiveness over this situation. Please restore us to a loving relationship. In the name of Jesus the Messiah, I pray. Amen.
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