February 22, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Genesis 32-35
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Commentary: Jacob and Esau are finally reunited, but with caution. Jacob does not know how Esau is going to react to seeing him once again, so Jacob attempts to soften up Esau with gifts. What do all of Jacob’s plans lack? Direction from the Lord! Jacob wrestles with the Lord before finally surrendering. Surrendering does not cause an instant transformation within Jacob, rather a slow change takes place, just as it can be within us. In the final chapter, we see that Jacob’s children have inherited their father’s deceitful nature.
Focus Verses: 35:2-5 Jacob changed much throughout his life. It took a long while, but he eventually learned to trust and rely on the Lord alone. Look back on your life five, ten, twenty years ago. How has the Lord worked change in your life? What has been the result of that change?