THE LONG WAY BACK HOME
“Then Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company which I met?” And he said, “These are to find favor in the sight of my lord.” But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” And Jacob said, “No, please, if I have now found favor in your sight, then receive my present from my hand, inasmuch as I have seen your face as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me. Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” So he urged him, and he took it” (Gen 33:8-11)
Jacob has an encounter with the Angel of God who is our Lord Jesus Christ in a human form. This encounter changes his identity and name. Jacob ‘the Schemer’ shall be called Israel, ‘A Prince with God’. The Angel touches and shrinks the hip tendon. This symbolizes that his flesh has died so that his spirit will live. Jacob receives power with God in prayer. He becomes a true worshiper and a leader of men. Now he is ready to meet his brother Esau.
God has gone before Jacob and gives him favor with the wicked Esau. Jacob gives his brother a generous gift. Esau refuses initially saying that he has ‘enough’. But Jacob insists saying that he too has ‘enough’. These two words are the same in English but in Hebrew these are very different. The first ‘enough’ that Esau used means to have enough material goods for this moment. The second ‘enough’ used by Jacob means to be perfect, to have more than enough, for this life and for the next; it manes to be satisfied with what God has provided, both materially and spiritually. Esau says he has ‘enough’ but he does not give glory to God for his prosperity. Jacob uses this occasion to bring glory to God and His grace.
Then Esau suggests that they should to go back together. He offers to accompany him on his journey back. Wisely, Jacob refuses. This proves that even when broken past relationships are restored you still need wisdom to proceed. You may forgive an enemy and have peace, but that does not mean you become friends like before. Jacob is wiser now! Esau now lives in Seir, outside the Promised Land. He invites Jacob to live with him. But God has already told Jacob to go to Bethel. Jacob initially promises Esau to go to Seir but after his brother is gone, he changes plans and goes towards Bethel.
In Christ I declare:
I have enough! The grace of God is enough for me! I am blessed with material and heavenly blessings!
I shall depend on the Holy Spirit for wisdom in all my relationships!
I shall not deviate from the purpose of God for my life!
In Jesus name