Bible Study Notes on Genesis 33 – 20161201

Bible Study Notes

Genesis 33:1  “…Esau was coming…”
Esau had passed through all of the flocks and herds which Jacob had sent to meet him.  Jacob doesn’t know if Esau will greet him or try to kill him.

3  “…he crossed over before them…”
Jacob separated his wives and children, but he went before all of them to encounter Esau first.

4  “…Esau ran to meet him…”
Totally unexpected reaction.  Esau has apparently had a complete change of heart over the years.

11  “…take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me…”
Jacob is so relieved with Esau’s reaction, it brings joy to his heart.  He rightly gives glory to God for all he has and what God has done for him.

14-15  “Please let my lord go on ahead before his servant…What need is there…”
Not sure what Jacob was thinking in this exchange.  He obviously doesn’t want to continue on with Esau.  Commentaries suggest he realized how different he and Esau were, Jacob following after the leading of God, Esau following his own desires.  Now that there was peace between them, Jacob didn’t want anything to happen between them to upset that.

14-18  “…until I come to my lord in Seir…Jacob journeyed to Succoth…Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem…in the land of Canaan…”
Looks like he told Esau he would follow on to Seir, but instead went to Succoth for a time and then into the land of Canaan to Shechem.  Not sure why the change of mind.  He purchases land in Shechem, so he should have deed to the field that Abraham bought as a burial spot as well as this new parcel.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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