There is so much pain in our Old Testament reading (Genesis 33-35).
- Brothers Jacob and Esau estranged
- Dinah raped
- Simeon and Levi’s blood lust and their vengeance on Shechem
- Reuben’s adultery
- Rachel and Isaac’s death
There is so much pain in our New Testament reading (Matthew 10:16-39).
- Family division
- Loss of life
Sin causes pain, in our lives and in the lives of those who interact with us.
Jesus comforted his disciples.
- The Spirit would speak through them.
- God’s care is so complete that even the hairs of our head are numbered.
When you are in pain, wouldn’t it be great to see the face of God? Wouldn’t it be great to be assured that these promises are true, that healing can and will come?
“To see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably” (Genesis 33:10). These words of Jacob to his brother Esau are the comfort and the challenge I find in today’s reading.
- Comfort: When my brothers and sisters in Christ are forgiving toward me like Esau was forgiving to Jacob, I see the face of God in them. To see their faces assures me that God can and will bring healing to my pain.
- Challenge: When the people around me, Christian or not, see my face, do they see the face of God? Are they assured that there is a God who loves them unconditionally, who forgives them and who cares about them?
Prayer: Holy Spirit, you gave words to speak to the apostles. Work powerfully in each of us. Give us words to speak so that when people see our face, it is like seeing the face of their kind, loving God. Amen.