The contrast of Grace and Vengeance is broad. As a people of Grace, can we learn from even those outside the family of faith - like Esau?
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119: 57 LORD, you are mine! I promise to obey your words! 58 With all my heart I want your blessings. Be merciful as you promised.
Lord, thank you that I am Yours and You are mine.
Read - Genesis 33-34
Esau’s choices had led him to a life of disappointment and regret. It could have led him to life-long bitterness towards his brother Jacob yet we see him overcoming his past and embracing his younger brother with grace? What relationships in your life need this type of amazing grace?
Chapter 34 is a difficult Bible text. We see a great immoral sin committed by Schechem - in the name of love. Rape is never to be excused and carries horrible consequences. Notice that Schechem tried to win Dinah in more traditional ways after his sin. How often do we try and smooth over a sin with nice words or caring actions when what is required is humble repentance and a plea for forgiveness?
Jacob and his sons once again show their penchant for deceit although this time it almost seems excusable (note - it never is). They trick the men into circumcision and carry out a homicidal fit that empties the Hivites of their wealth and men. The only positive of the event is that Dinah is rescued. Jacob learns of his sons’ acts and worries their will be retribution. Vengeance is a matter best left to God. Isn’t it interesting that Esau showed grace (as a person exiled from the community of faith) and Jacob’s family showed vengeance (as a people who were God’s chosen)?
Lord, help me to show grace in all of my words and actions and leave the vengeance and justice to you.
Fast forward to Jacob’s Blessings to his children in Genesis 47 to see what he has to say to Simeon and Levi in regard to this event (Genesis 49:5-7).
Part of our acceptance of being Made by God is accepting that we are ‘Under His Authority’. This means He judges and brings justice…not us.