Genesis 32:6–8 (ESV)
Jacob Fears Esau
the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.” 7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed.
He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps, 8 thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape.”
Well, Jacob is paranoid about how this confrontation will go. Last time he saw his brother… he was irate with him. Now he finds out that
his brother is coming to see him… along with 400 men! “Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed.” Well, he should be. When you live a life of deception, it gives you a lot to be paranoid about. Jacob starts planning
for this big event. He is trying to minimize his losses. Food for thought… if you loved your neighbor as yourself, then you shouldn’t be afraid of your brother.
I pray: O Lord, help me to deal kindly and be fair to all people. Help me to love my neighbor as my self… and to pray for my enemies. Amen.