I went to a funeral yesterday of a young man who had one brother. The pictures of his life that played out before us consisted of the two brothers side by side on trips, in sports and numerous family functions.
I can imagine that if there was a slide show of Esau and Jacob as young boys, it would be similar to the above family. Even though their preferences grew to be different when they were older (25:27), they were still raised together by a mom and dad who loved them dearly.
So, I absolutely loved reading, “But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.” (33:4) Time had worked to make Esau focus on the good times rather than the bad that had occurred between the two. Time also helped with Jacob’s heart, changing from “deceiver” (Jacob) to “contender with God” (Israel). It seems when you get right with God, you can get right with others.
Fortunately for the two boys I mentioned earlier, they were/are both Christ followers. I know that when those two brothers meet up again, there will be the same type of embrace and joy that Esau and Jacob had!
Praise the Lord for that hope we have in Christ!! There will be sooooo many joyful reunions!!