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Title: Exploring Humility

Exploring Humility
  • April 27

Think About It
  • What are some things people try to run away
    from, things people try to avoid?
  • Jacob had run away from a brother who was mad
    (with good cause).
  • ? Today we see how Jacob had to humble himself to
    re-establish relationship

Listen for Jacobs plan to minimize risk.
  • Genesis 323, 6-8 (NIV) Jacob sent messengers
    ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of
    Seir, the country of Edom. 6 When the
    messengers returned to Jacob, they said, "We went
    to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to
    meet you, and four hundred men are with him."

Listen for Jacobs plan to minimize risk.
  • 7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the
    people who were with him into two groups, and the
    flocks and herds and camels as well. 8 He
    thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group,
    the group that is left may escape."

Assess the Situation
  • Why was Jacob fearful?
  • Based on what you know about the past history
    between these two brothers, what feelings do you
    think Jacob might have been having?
  • What was Jacobs strategy?

Assess the Situation
  • How could pride affect ones ability to
    accurately assess a difficult situation like
  • How could humility help us assess our situation
    more accurately?

Listen for specific requests in Jacobs prayer.
  • Genesis 329-12 (NIV) Then Jacob prayed, "O God
    of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O
    Lord, who said to me, 'Go back to your country
    and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,'
    10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and
    faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had
    only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now
    I have become two groups.

Listen for specific requests in Jacobs prayer.
  • 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother
    Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me,
    and also the mothers with their children. 12
    But you have said, 'I will surely make you
    prosper and will make your descendants like the
    sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.' "

Humble Yourself Before God
  • With what words or phrases does Jacob express
  • Why do you think Jacob repeated Gods promises to
  • Why is prayer both humbling, yet empowering?

Humble Yourself Before God
  • How does reflecting on Gods kindness and
    faithfulness humble you?
  • When and why might we take these things for

Listen for how Jacob demonstrated humility.
  • Genesis 331-3 (NIV) Jacob looked up and there
    was Esau, coming with his four hundred men so he
    divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the
    two maidservants. 2 He put the maidservants and
    their children in front, Leah and her children
    next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 He
    himself went on ahead and bowed down to the
    ground seven times as he approached his brother.

Humble Yourself Before Others
  • What is significant about the order in which
    Jacob lined people up?
  • How did Jacob demonstrate humility in this
  • Suppose that instead he approached his brothers
    group with a weapon in hand what might have

Humble Yourself Before Others
  • What kinds of weapons do we pull out when we
    attempt a reconciliation?
  • In Jacob and Esaus culture prostration on the
    ground was a sign of a humble approach. How can
    we demonstrate a humble approach to a

Listen for ways in which each brother was at his
best in this situation.
  • Genesis 334, 5, 9 - 11 (NIV) 4 But Esau ran to
    meet Jacob and embraced him he threw his arms
    around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.
    5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and
    children. "Who are these with you?" he asked.
    Jacob answered, "They are the children God has
    graciously given your servant." 9 But Esau

Listen for ways in which each brother was at his
best in this situation.
  • "I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you
    have for yourself." 10 "No, please!" said
    Jacob. "If I have found favor in your eyes,
    accept this gift from me. For to see your face is
    like seeing the face of God, now that you have
    received me favorably. 11 Please accept the
    present that was brought to you, for God has been
    gracious to me and I have all I need." And
    because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.

Acknowledge Gods Role
  • What were Esaus actions?
  • What were Jacob's actions?
  • If you were Jacob, how would Esaus actions have
    humbled you even more?

Acknowledge Gods Role
  • God had been gracious to both men and they said
    so. God has been good to you also. What are
    some ways you can humbly acknowledge that
    graciousness to others?
  • Consider that we might not be accepted by the
    person to whom we humble ourselves.
  • even if our humble attempts of reconciliation are
    rejected by people, God accepts our humility and
    smiles on us
  • Humility always wins because it pleases God

  • Ask God to help you accurately assess your own
    attitudes about a need for reconciliation
  • Consider all God has done to reconcile us with
  • Gods graciousness to us should compel us to pass
    that blessing to others

Exploring Humility
  • April 27
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