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Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
This story occurred right after Jacob had deceived his brother by promoting himself as his older twin brother Esau to his father, who was nearly blind. Isaac was convinced with the help of his wife Rebecca, who was upset by the women her oldest son had married, and he blessed Jacob instead of the older boy Esau. When Esau found out he was BITTER. He thought, “As soon as my father dies, I will kill my brother.”
There are two ideas that I have, and the first of the two ideas is that of “2 Sons.” Adam had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain became bitter at Abel and killed him. Abraham had two sons, Ismael and Isaac. Ismael was removed by his father from his father’s presence to be raised by his mother. Now Isaac had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau, from the outside looking in, was totally ripped off in this story and became bitter. This all happens before we are even halfway through the book of Genesis. The second idea I have about this passage is that the only thing to do with hurt and rejection is to “Let It Go!” Cain didn’t. It appears that Ismael didn’t. But, this last story of “2 Sons” is the one story where the older brother “Let It Go.” It took many years. It took these two men never really knowing each other. And it took one brother living in fear and the older brother living in bitterness before a victory occurred. But … years later, the “2 Sons” met, and Esau forgave his younger brother Jacob. What happened to Esau? He, “Let It Go!”
I want to be free of any potential bitterness that’s in my life. Today, with Your help, I will, “Let It Go!” Amen