Genesis 33:4 Face The Music

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

It had been twenty years since the brothers had seen one another. They were never particularly close and when Jacob left it was for fear Esau would kill him. His mother sent him away saying that, in a few days,[1]when Esau was no longer angry, she would send for him. As far as we know that word never came. 

Now all these years later Jacob knew he had to make reconciliation. He had to face the music with his brother or be forever out of God’s will. After a strained treaty was made with Laban, Jacob turned toward the Promised Land and wrestled with the angel of the Lord for blessings at home. He returned cautiously only to find that Esau was not angry at all. I believe his anger turned to conviction and probably repentance very shortly after Jacob left. 

Genesis 28:8
And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father; 

The lesson, it seems to me, is that the sooner we face the music the sooner we can be where God always wanted us. We only postpone the blessings of God when we postpone making things right. 

[1]Genesis 27:44 (KJV)
And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away;

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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