Old Hurts Healed

Dorothy Hostetter

READ : Genesis 33:1-20 Imagine Jacob’s terror as he looked up to see Esau approaching with 400 men! For 20 years he knew he was guilty. He had cheated his brother and had run away. Finally the moment to make things right with his brother arrived. Picture Jacob’s surprise when Esau greeted him with hugs, kisses and tears. While Jacob had been carrying his guilt, Esau had forgotten the whole thing. He had become wealthy and powerful in spite of …

Wrestling With God

Dorothy Hostetter

READ : Genesis 32:22-32 Jacob wrestled with an angel of God all night-it seems so strange that it is easy to miss the point. We often imagine two men literally struggling and sweating, each trying to pin the other to the mat. But it turns out that Jacob knew who his wrestling partner was, and both men had a very different goal in mind. After Jacob escorted his family across the river, he went back alone. Why? Everything he owned …

Owning Up to the Past

Dorothy Hostetter

READ : Genesis 32:1-21 Finally, after twenty years there was no getting around the fact that Jacob had to make things right with Esau. But forgiveness was not under Jacob’s control. It was all up to Esau. We can plead all we want. But in the end we are at the mercy of the person we have wronged. It helps to admit that we are wrong, as Jacob did when he called Esau “my lord.” Remember that it was the …

Dealing With a Dishonest Boss

Dorothy Hostetter

READ : Genesis 31:36-48 It isn’t easy to do business with a man like Laban. In Laban’s world there were no boundaries. Everything and everyone belonged to him and existed for his benefit, including his married daughters and their children. When Jacob agreed to continue working for Laban, he was counting on the occasional birth of spotted goats and black sheep for his rightful share. But tightfisted Laban aimed to reduce Jacob’s small share even more by removing all the …