Reconciled

By: snowgood

Nov 29 2012

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Category: Children, Fear, GOD, Hope, Repentance, Servant

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Imagine a dirty, double crossing rascal.

The sort of low life who’d cheat his own brother.

Who’d want to be friends with someone like that?

I’m talking about a guy called Jacob.

He was so greedy he even dressed up to pinch his brother’s blessing.

When Esau found out he was distraught, and promised to kill his own brother once his father passed away.

During the next 14 years Jacob finds himself on the wrong end of a crafty trick, but eventually longs for home.

How will his brother react?

Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his 400 men; so he divided the children amongst Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants.  He put the two maidservants and their children in the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.  He himself went ahead and bowed down seven times as he approached  his brother.

But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him.  And they wept.

Genesis 33: 1-4

It’s so easy to focus on the earlier chapter, but i just love this story of two brothers who are reconciled.  You almost get the impression they never said a word about what went on before, their just thrilled to be back together.

If we can’t forgive and forget, perhaps we’ve forgotten that we too are scoundrels.  God in his mercy sent his son that we too may be reconciled.

if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First be reconciled to your brother ; then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 5: 23-24

One comment on “Reconciled”

  1. Reconciliation after a disagreement is always sweet, but I think of the “impossible” reconciliation of a wretched sinner like me, guilty, condemned, without excuse, being reconciled to a holy, perfect, omnipotent God, made possible ONLY through the finished substitutionary sacrifice of Christ. He made the impossible, possible.
    . . .
    Then I think that this same God gave to me the ministry of reconciliation [2 Corinthians 5:18]. What a privilege to be the means of another being reconciled to God – not by me or by anything I do – but by the work of the triune God IN me, reaching out to others THROUGH me.

    What an amazing God!


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