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Tuesday, September 18 2018

A Bible Journey, 33: Esau's Forgiveness

"Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself"

Jacob had been away from his birthplace in the land of Canaan for over twenty years (see Hometowns: Hebron and A Bible Journey, 29: Israel's Syria Origin). It was an exile that began with the purpose of escaping the lethal wrath of his brother Esau (see Genesis 27: Esau's Blessing Taken By Jacob).

Arab Tribesman After then wearing out his welcome in the house of his uncle Laban (see A Bible Journey, 31: Jacob's Flight Home), Jacob was returning home with four wives, eleven sons and a daughter, and a new name - "Israel" (see A Bible Journey, 32: Thy Name Shall Be Called No More Jacob, But Israel).

During their parting, Esau's character had deepened and mellowed, while Jacob had very much the same personality as when the brothers had last known each other. Jacob's placement of his family's safety, in the order of his personal regard for individuals, one wife over another, one child over another, reveals much about the character of the man.

"33:1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.

33:2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.

33:3 And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother." (Genesis 33:1-3 KJV)

Esau had become a self-made success. Although rarely portrayed in the way that the Scriptures actually describe him, Esau had become wealthy, but not arrogant, powerful, but peaceful.

"33:4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

33:5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee?

And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant." (Genesis 33:4-5 KJV)

The wives and children, in the order that Jacob had sent them into danger, then met Esau for the first time.

"33:6 Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

33:7 And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves." (Genesis 33:6-7 KJV)

Despite Esau's decline of the property that Jacob had offered in payment for his life ("I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself"), Jacob nevertheless rejected his brother's graciousness and insisted that Esau take what he didn't want.

The Reconciliation Of Jacob and Esau

"33:8 And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met?

And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

33:9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

33:10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. 33:11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.

And he urged him, and he took it." (Genesis 33:8-11 KJV)

Esau then graciously invited Jacob to travel with them, to, ironically, to protect his brother from danger along the way ("Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee"). Jacob refused Esau's gift of protection too - with a lie. He promised "I come unto my lord unto Seir," without any intention of doing so.

"33:12 And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

33:13 And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die. 33:14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

33:15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me.

And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord." (Genesis 33:12-15 KJV)

"So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir," while Jacob turned and "journeyed to Succoth." It would have become evident to Esau soon after that Jacob had deceived him, again. This time however, Esau did nothing, except perhaps to feel a little sorry for Jacob.

"33:16 So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir. 33:17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

33:18 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city. 33:19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money. 33:20 And he erected there an altar, and called it Elelohe-Israel." (Genesis 33:16-19 KJV)

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This Day In History

This Day In History, September 18

14: Tiberius was confirmed as Roman Emperor by the Roman Senate (see also The Politics Of Rome) after the death of Augustus, the first imperial Roman Emperor (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar; see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).

Augustus was Caesar at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7; see The Roman Emperors: Augustus and Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?). Tiberius was Caesar at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (Luke 3:1-4; see The Roman Emperors: Tiberius).

Augustus Tiberius

96: The accession of Nerva, the 12th Roman emperor (reigned 96-98 AD). He succeeded Domitian who was assassinated (see The Roman Emperors: Domitian).

324: Constantine defeated Licinius at Chrysopolis, making Constantine the sole emperor of the Roman empire (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1180: Philip Augustus became king of France.

1502: Christopher Columbus landed at Costa Rica on his fourth and last voyage to the "New World" (see the map below of the four voyages of Christopher Columbus and the study Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

Voyages of Christopher Columbus

In reality, the voyages of Columbus were all actually to and around the islands of the Caribbean Sea (e.g. Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola) and central America, from Panama to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Contrary to the "history" of popular myth and propaganda, Columbus never landed in what is today the area of America known as the United States of America - it's not the part of "America" that Columbus "discovered." America actually has 35 nations and 1 billion people - all of whom are Americans.


Continental America was actually discovered by Vikings, over 500 years before Columbus was even born, with their landings on what is today the east coast of Canada.



1635: Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II of Austria declared war on France (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1759: The French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.

1810: Chile declared its independence from Spain.

1819: Jean-Bernard Foucault was born. In 1851 the French physicist demonstrated, using a pendulum named after him, that the earth does indeed rotate on its axis. Readers of the Holy Bible were far ahead of "scientists" in that knowledge (see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible; also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula and Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

1830: Near Baltimore, a 9-mile race was held between the newly-invented railway locomotive and a rider on a horse. The horse won.

1906: A typhoon, along with a tsunami, killed an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong (see The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).

1924: The Moffatt Translation of the Bible was published by Bible scholar James Moffatt.

1934: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was admitted to the League of Nations (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader? and The Origin Of Politics and Republics).

1939: A German U-boat (in German meaning Underwater Boat i.e. a submarine) sank the British aircraft carrier Courageous, killing 500 crewmen.

1974: Hurricane Fifi struck Honduras with 110 mph winds. An estimated 5,000 people were killed.

1977: The unmanned spacecraft Voyager I took the first photographs of the earth and moon together in space.

1981: The French Parliament abolished capital punishment and the guillotine.

1982: "Christian" militia slaughtered 600 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (see also Where Is Palestine?).

1991: Yugoslavia began a naval blockade of seven port cities of the Adriatic Sea (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).




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