Jacob Meets Esau
P T 15
1Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men;
so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants.
2He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah
and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.
3He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
4But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his
arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.
5Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who
are these with you?” he asked.
Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously
given your servant.”
6Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down.
7Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of
all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
8Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”
“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.
9But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what
you have for yourself.”
10“No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your
eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like
seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.
11Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God
has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.
God can bless you so much, that it would not hurt your riches if you gave away a large sum to others.