Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
Today, let's talk about..
HUG OF RECONCILIATION
Jacob looked up and saw Esau approaching with four hundred men. Jacob divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two women servants. He put the servants and their children first, Leah and her children after them, and Rachel and Joseph last. He himself went in front of them and bowed to the ground seven times as he was approaching his brother. But Esau ran to meet him, threw his arms around his neck, kissed him, and they wept. —Genesis 33:1-4
Jacob had wronged his twin brother Esau by manipulating him into relinquishing his birthright and later cheating him out of the blessing belonging to the first-born son. Esau threatened to kill Jacob when their father Isaac died and Jacob fled for his life. Through the years of separation from his brother, Jacob had been on the receiving end of manipulation and deception. He made the decision to attempt reconciliation with Esau, even though it could have resulted in the loss of his life and the lives of his family. Jacob humbled himself and received a hug of reconciliation from his brother.
Questions to discuss:
What emotions are involved in reconciliation?
What assurances can a hug provide regarding reconciliation?
Have you given or received a hug of reconciliation? Was it difficult?