by J. Gerald Harris

Let's Bury the Hatchet
Dr. Gerald Harris
Genesis 33:10-11

God wants His people to live together in harmony. We are to have upon us the mark of love and fellowship. The Bible says, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love"
(1 John 4:7-8).

And yet the devil always wants to break up the fellowship of God's people. He wants to sow seeds of discord among the brethren. He wants to bring disharmony and division among the people of God.

But the Bible tells us very clearly that we must not allow this to happen. In 1 John 4:20 the Bible says, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?"

And Jesus indicated that we cannot even worship if we have ought against our brother. In the sermon on the mount Jesus said, "Therefore if thou bring the gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift" (Matthew 5:23-24).

But in our text we see the conflict that existed between two brothers. We shall also see the resolution of that conflict and the beauty of such reconciliation.

Now, there are several things that I want us to see as we consider the story of Jacob and Esau. The first thing that we shall consider is

I. The season for rejoicing

Now, in order for you to understand the season for rejoicing you must go back to Genesis Chapter 25 and I ant us to look at verse 21 and then look at verse 24 (read). There is nothing quite so beautiful as the birth of a child. And every child is a miracle in miniature. And the birth of a child is an occasion for rejoicing.

Now, the case of Isaac and Rebekah. It is a time for double rejoicing. You see, they had twins, Jacob and ...

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