Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men.” –Genesis 33:1
Twenty years have passed since Jacob cheated Esau of his birthright and blessing. For twenty long years, Jacob most likely imagined how and when Esau would settle the score.
After a unique wrestling match with God, however, we witness a change in Jacob. No longer enslaved to the domination of fear and deceit, God changes Jacob’s name to Israel. This signifies his changing character, (see Jacob Wrestles With God).
Chapter 33 marks an important time in Jacob’s life. You may read Genesis 33 here: Bible Gateway.
With a new limp, Jacob boldly precedes his family in meeting Esau and his 400 men. Using precautionary measures, he bows to the ground seven times before Esau. This was an ancient court protocol used before kings.
Men didn’t run in Esau’s culture. But Esau…
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