Reconciling Broken Relationships Jacob & Esau Genesis 25-33
Jacob & Esau• Miracle sons of Isaac and Rebekah• Brothers who struggle in the womb 25:22 • Esau ﬁrstborn hunter & pride of his father • Jacob the younger & pride of his mother• Prophetic promise 25:22-23
“Look, I’m dying of hunger, what good are those rights tome?” said Esau. Jacob replied, “First promise me with an oath that you are selling me your rights”. 25:29-34
The Blessing (Gen:26) Govert Teunisz (1615-1660)
The Injury• Premeditated deceit 27:6-10• Dishonesty 27:11-16• Betrayal of trust - mother of son & son of father 27:17-24• The blessing for Jacob 27:28-29• The curse for Esau 27:39-40
The Withdrawal• Esau, “When my father dies I will kill Jacob”• Jacob, “I will ﬂee to my uncle Laban in Haran”• Brothers become bitter enemies
Self-Awareness• God tells Jacob to return home 31:3• Jacob acknowledges his fear 32:11• Jacob seeks to placate his brother 32:13ff
Commitment to Reconciliation• “I have seen the face of God” 32:30 • My perspective is neither the right one nor the only one • Positions - Jacob’s and Esau’s - versus Interests • Practicing the way of the Kingdom
Act of Risk• Jacob bows to Esau seven times 33:3• Esau runs to embrace Jacob 33:4• Relationship restored• Everyone’s a winner!
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.The hatred which divides nationfrom nation, race from race,class from class,Father Forgive.The covetous desires of peopleand nations to possess what isnot their own,Father Forgive.The greed which exploits thework of human hands and layswaste the earth,Father Forgive.
Our envy of the welfare andhappiness of others,Father Forgive.Our indifference to the plight ofthe imprisoned, the homeless,the refugee,Father Forgive.The lust which dishonours thebodies of men, women andchildren,Father Forgive.The pride which leads us totrust in ourselves and not inGod,Father Forgive.Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another,as God in Christ forgave you.