A Marriage Made in Heaven (Genesis 25:19 – 26:35)

From the beginning, Isaac and Rebekah’s marriage was more than an arrangement to please an aging father. It seems that Rebekah filled the emptiness in Isaac’s heart. This was literally a “Marriage Made in Heaven.” It would not be farfetched to imagine that Isaac – never a man of action like his father Abraham – … Continue reading  A Marriage Made in Heaven (Genesis 25:19 – 26:35)

Esau Embraced Jacob (Genesis 27-33; Part 2 of 2)

What is less well known is that Jacob was 77 years of age when he left home. It was about time for him to get out on his own.  After serving his uncle for Leah and Rachel for twenty years, Jacob was 97 when God told him to return to his home country.  Sending messengers … Continue reading Esau Embraced Jacob (Genesis 27-33; Part 2 of 2)

Esau Embraced Jacob (Genesis 27-33; Part 1 of 2)

Twenty years before the time of our text, Esau had sworn to kill Jacob.  And Jacob had fled, ashamed about stealing Esau’s blessing. What changed?  Why did the older, alienated brother, embrace his brother (33:4)?  What changes people?  How does softening and forgiveness arise in our minds?  Let’s set the stage with what is commonly … Continue reading Esau Embraced Jacob (Genesis 27-33; Part 1 of 2)