February 27, 2017: 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 Verse: 35:22 Ruben committed a grave sin, that in Deuteronomy is punishable by death. Deception is a learned behavior. Eve learned it from Satan in the Garden, yet in Jacob’s family the behavior seems commonplace. Consider the impact deception had on Jacob’s life and those around him. Is there discretion in you life? What actions can you take to remove it? How can you keep it from returning?