Genesis 33-35, Matthew 10

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

We can never underestimate what God can do to a hardened, angry heart. I love what the prophet Ezekiel wrote, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

Genesis 34:27
27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and plundered the city, because their sister had been defiled.

One of the tempting and natural things to do is take matters in your own hands when you have been wronged. Especially when someone has taken advantage of someone you love. The natural tendency is to take vengeance based on what we think it should be. However the Lord says, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” It boils down to this, “do we trust God?” Lord help us to trust you when others are taking advantage of us or others we love.

Genesis 35:2
2 And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.

When you think about it, every problem of man stems from those who insist on putting their wants and desires first over obedience to God. We know this to be true in our own lives and we will see that this is the consistent theme throughout the Bible.

Matthew 10:15
15 Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!

The Lord does not take lightly those who reject His truths…nor should we.

Matthew 10:19-20
19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

I am so thankful that I don’t have to panic about what I am going to say when placed in difficult situations. The Holy Spirit will give me the words. I have found this to be true on many occasions.

Matthew 10:28
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

We all want to be accepted by others and yet it is easy to fall into the habit of deeming acceptance by others as more important than acceptance by God. It is a trap and we mustn’t fall into it. The perils of rejecting God are ever so great and the blessings of accepting Jesus are too numerous to fathom.

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