There is interesting concept that seems contradictory, yet clear about seeing the face of God. God Himself, says, “You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”(Exodus 33:20) But many writers of the Bible claimed to see God’s face indirectly in various accounts. Jacob claims this realty twice.
First, in his encounter with the angel, he declares, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” (Genesis 32:30) I’m sure we have been in situation where God manifested His presence and we can only trace back to His handiwork. But the second encounter lees popular but thought provoking.
It comes after the very familiar story of Jacob and Esau. We know that the brothers were born to Isaac, the son of Abraham. When Isaac is near death, he desires to give to Esau, the older of the two brothers, his blessing and the older would also have a birthright. However, like the rest of us Jacob had some issues and cons his brother of both.
Later in life Jacob is transformed into the man of God he was created to be and has a chance to make it right with Esau. He opens his heart and moves towards the encounter. Jacob bowed down to embrace the consequences. Ironically, his brother, like the prodigal son’s father, ran out to greet him with gladness. And, as they held each other, I’m sure that Jacob said, “Please forgive me, brother.” Then, Esau spoke those life-changing words, “Brother, I forgive you.”
After this encounter, Jacob said, “No, please, if now I have found favor in your sight, then take my present from my hand, for I see your face as one sees the face of God, and you have received me favorably.” (Genesis 33:10)
Forgiveness is the face of God and is not optional in relationship. Yes it involves humility and yes it’s letting go, so you and others can live freely. The other option is to live in bondage and hold people in bondage. But remember, an essential theme of the Gospel is forgiveness.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member at America’s Keswick.
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Daily Quote: “Where God’s grace takes you, grace will increase your capability and your capacity. Grace will empower you.” ~Edmond Sanganyado
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah ~Psalm 46:1-3