Many examples are written in God’s Word, all are for our benefit, as Paul states in 1 Cor 10:11-12
“Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” (NASU)
When Esau ran and embraced Jacob, it gives us several reasons that he was able to do this. You will have to read some of the preceding Scriptures for the full picture, but let me summarize as to what I think happened in Esau’s heart.
1. “Esau ran to meet him”. During the years of separation between the two brothers, the Lord had worked a change in Esau’s heart. Maybe he realized the temporal here on earth, his birthright lost, wasn’t worth the pain and agony, or hatred, toward his brother. He knew he hadn’t been the perfect brother either.
It is known that carrying these attitudes towards another, as in unforgiveness, eats away at your mind, soul, and spirit. Hopefully, as you grow older in the Lord you become aware of this, and turn, with repentance, from this sin.
When Esau ran to meet Jacob, he had already left all that behind. Nothing was holding him back now from expressing joy and love towards his younger brother.
2. “embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him” Esau led the way in showing total forgiveness and repentance on his part. Having already known the Lord’s forgiveness on his part, he was able and willing to express that totally, and not hold back. It takes a mature believer to lead the way.
3. “they wept.” I trust you too have known the release of years having pent-up emotions, and when a reunion occurs between friends and relatives that had been separation due to hurt, injustice, lies or selfishness, having a good cry, a fantastic flow of tears and all, feels really good. They let it all go. and let it all out.
I love when a reunion takes place between father and son, mother and daughter, cousin and cousin, employee and employer, pastor and congregant. Forgiveness is a great gift from our Father, Who Himself is always the first to express forgiveness. Having sent His Only Son Jesus, Yeshua, to die for our sins in order that we to may be forgiven was the very first ultimate step in restoration and reunion.
This week the Louis and Lila Martin clan celebrate another time of gathering in our biennial (once every two years event – I had to look it up myself). There certainly have been times of separation and individual reunions, but through the ongoing grace and mercy of our Lord, this family of 8 siblings has held together over these 60+ years. Thank God!
May the Lord give you the grace and love to express forgiveness in your relationships, because Lord knows we need it. And if you have a family or friend reunion coming up this summer, have a great time!
On July 5, 2019, Strength will be having our first Friday of the month meeting in The Barn at Antioch International Church in Fort Mill, SC. Come and celebrate the goodness of our God!
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