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January 14 - Evening

"But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him;
he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him.
 And they wept."

- Genesis 33:4

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Relationships and Restoration    

Esau is racing to meet the limping Jacob who has fearfully anticipated this moment for 20 years. The injured, or crippled, Jacob will not be able to out maneuver the running Esau, so Jacob has to wait to be overtaken by him.

The encounter that has been building for two decades is described with a pile-up of five verbs in verse 33:4:

  • Ran
  • Embraced
  • Threw
  • Kissed
  • Wept

Jesus seems to draw on this verse when he tells the story of the prodigal son, whose reunion with his father is reminiscent of this encounter between Esau and Jacob:

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
- Luke15:20

This is also Joseph’s response when he revealed himself to his brothers:

“Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them.” - Genesis 45:14-15

And, then again in Genesis 46:29, when Joseph sees his father Jacob for the first time in twenty-two years:

"Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel (or, Jacob). As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time.” – Genesis 46:29

In each of these cases the person doing the running to initiate the embrace was the person who had been wronged in the relationship:

  • Esau (after 20 years)
  • the father of the prodigal son
  • Joseph (after 22 years)
The kiss may be a sign of forgiveness as appears to be the case with David kissing his son Absalom when he was restored to him in 2 Samuel 15:1.
  Christian Quote from Church History

"Christendom must have men who are able to floor their adversaries and take armor and equipment from the devil, putting him to shame.  But this calls for strong warriors who have complete control of Scripture, can refute a false interpretation, know how to wrest the sword they wield, that is their Bible passages, from the hands of the adversaries and beat them back with them."

- Martin Luther

Something to Ponder??

Isaiah wrote chapter 53 of his book between 701-681 BC. In Isaiah chapter 53 at least 15 things were recorded about Jesus that would be fulfilled in 5 BC-30 AD. (And, remember, with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls we have proof that these prophecies were written down and being copied by scribes in 125 BC, at the latest!) Here are 15 predictions from 700 BC fulfilled by Jesus by 30 AD:

1. Hated - 53:3 -> Mt.27:39
2. Man of sadness - 53:3 -> Mt.26:38
3. Familiar with suffering - 53:3 -> Heb. 4:15
4. rejected by his people - 53:3 -> John 1:10-11
5. Took of suffering - 53:4 -> Mt.8:16-17
6. Without sin - 53:9 ->
1 Pt. 2:22
7. Silent when accused - 53:7 -> Mt.26:63
8. Took our sins - 53:5 ->
1 Cor. 15:3
9. Took our punishment - 53:5 -> 1 Pt. 2:24-25
10. treated like a criminal - 53:12 -> Mt.22:37
11. Seeking forgiveness for us - 53:12 -> Luke 23:34
12. Treated unjustly - 53:8 -> Mt.27:24
13. Buried with rich - 53:9 -> Mt.27:57-60
14. Raised from death - 53:10 -> Luke 24:6-8
15. Honored - 53:12 ->

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Soma (Gr) - Body (Eng) - soma is the Greek word first used by Homer to refer to a corpse around 730 BC. The etymology of soma moved it towards referring to the torso and by the time soma was used in the Greek New Testament it clearly referred to the physical body. 

  Early church pilgrims wrote of visiting Peter's house in Capernaum. In 1968 archaeologists uncovered an octagonal church from around 450 AD that was built around an ancient first century house. This house is just a short city block away from the synagogue in Capernaum. Inside this simple first century courtyard house were at least 15 invocations scratched into the walls during the first century in Aramaic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin and Syriac. Archaeology showed that domestic pottery had stopped being used in this room after about 50 AD, and the room had become something other than a residential home, because mid-way through the first century the house's main room was completely plastered over from floor to ceiling. This was an unusual practice in that day. Also, the pottery used in this room switched from typical household cooking pots switched to large storage jars and oil lamps which indicate it became a community meeting place instead of a home. The original walls of this house would not have supported a second story nor a masonry roof, but a roof of earth and straw. (Read more here. See photos here, here and here. Diagram here.)
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Do I have relationships that need restoration?
Am I willing to forgive? Do I need to seek forgiveness inorder to restore a relationship?
I am willing to forgive and seek forgiveness to restore broken relationships.
  "He whose walk is upright fears the Lord but he whose ways are devious despises him." - Proverbs 14:2
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

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