The Tale of Two Masks

But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. (Genesis 33:4 NIV)

“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. (Genesis 33:10 NIV)

This classic story of Jacob and Esau climaxed at Jacob’s deception, and Esau’s desire for revenge .

Deception has been Jacob’s secret weapon, using it to get his way around people, while bitterness has caused Esau to respond with a lack of wisdom many times.

Deception and bitterness are like masks, you wear them to appear a certain way to achieve something for yourself. During Halloween, all kinds of masks are made available, especially scary ones that make you look uglier. Sin is like that. But just like a mask, it can be removed to reveal the Christ-likeness in you.

Jacob came to his senses and braved meeting his brother whom he assumed was still wearing that bitter mask, but when Esau saw him from a far, he ran to his brother who once wore that mask of deception, seeing his face of humility and gave him a forgiving embrace.

If you’ve been like Jacob, trying to get things your way by deceiving others and even yourself, it’s time to get rid of the deception mask to unravel a face of humility. You don’t need to strive and pretend just to get all the good stuff because the bible says “God gives grace to the humble…” Humble yourself by depending on God.

On the other hand, if you’ve been like Esau wearing that bitter mask, it’s time to take that mask off. You know that underneath that mask is the face of forgiveness–the very forgiveness that you yourself have received from God. Because that Face looks all too familiar, and you’ve seen that Face running to you when you were far off in your sin.

Stop concealing the face of Christ from within you. Because the face of God is revealed to man best in forgiveness.



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