Bible Devotions

Humility Required for Reconciliation

on February 23, 2009

Read Genesis 33.

Years had past. Jacob had plenty of time to realize his part in the broken relationship with his brother, Esau. Now, not knowing how his brother felt about him, Jacob saw him coming with four hundred men and was fearful (Genesis 33: 1).

He hoped the present of two hundred female goats, twenty male goats, two hundred ewes, twenty rams, thirty milk camels, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten foals would appease Esau. As, he approached his brother, Jacob bowed to the ground seven times (Genesis 32:14-15, Genesis 33:2).

Esau, apparently had spent his time thinking about all that transpired too. He even forgave his brother Jacob because we see Esau ran to meet his brother. He embraced and kissed him. The two brothers wept together (Genesis 33:4).

Humility must be sustained. If not, it wasn’t true humility, but false humility used for manipulation. Jacob continued his humility. He gave God the credit for all he had. He referred to himself as Esau’s servant (Genesis 33:5). He called his brother “lord” as a sign of respect, honor and submission (Genesis 33:8).

This doesn’t seem like the same Jacob we read about earlier in Genesis. This is a changed man. He’s lived long enough to realize his mistakes. He’s had an encounter with God that has made him into a new man. He is no longer the scheming, manipulating Jacob, but rather he is the humbe Israel, chosen by God.

Where in your relationships can you be humble? How do you think your relationship would be different if you acted in humility more often?

Lord thank you for your model of humility. You humbled yourself to the point of dying a criminal’s death, just so we might be made alive through your sacrifice. Thank you for your grace and salvation. May we be humble as you in our life. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade. Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.

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