Sharon Baptist Church
Prepare a present for your enemy
In the year 2022. The greatest weapon for our peace.
By Pastor John Sigudla
Jacob stayed where he was for the night and prepared a present for Esau:
Genesis 32 and 33 full of great Christian lessons
Genesis 32 preparation of gifts and sending of gifts.
Genesis 33 the unfolding of the power of gifts, relationship is mended through these gifts.
A present is a gift and not only an ordinary gift but a very important valuable gift, for your enemy.
2. The importance of a gift.
a) It brings about peace
b) It proofs to your enemy the love you have for him
c) It pacifies tension amongst those that are fighting.
d) It breaks the power of the enemy completely.
e) Instead of a sword, Jacob thought about something positive and peacemaking.
f) He prepared a present for his enemy brother Esau
g) Remember a gift followed Uriah thought it was an evil intention from David, but a gift was given and the Bible is not telling us what Uriah did with that Gift.
3. Application in our lives.
If we can prepare gifts, presence for our enemies, why don’t we prepare gifts for one another as a family?
Gifts are signs of love.
Gifts break all the misunderstandings
Gifts brings smiles in our lives
Gifts break any kind of tension between the giver and the receiver.
Gifts will remain the main point of peace making.
For God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son to us as God’s enemies by so doing, the world was won back to God. It was through a gift that we today are able to praise God and rely on this Great giver.
Our God is the greatest giver of eternal life, peace, security and divine protection and extended love. We were enemies of God before because of our sins, but God started the process of cancellation of such enmity between his created people with him. Is this not amazing? It was not us who started the process, but it is God the offended one moving towards the offender,
Can we too do likewise, if God is a peace maker, why don’t we do the same since the nature of God is within us?
4. What was the present?
14two hundred female goats, twenty male goats, two hundred ewes, twenty rams, 15thirty female camels with their young, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty female donkeys, and ten male donkeys. 16He told his servants to lead them on ahead, each group of animals by itself, separated by a distance in between.
a) The giving was prepared, meaning he took time, counting and putting aside.
b) He was very clear what he was doing.
c) No one forced him to such a good work.
d) There was no debate between him and his huge family.
e) He gave from the cheerful heart without grumbling.
f) In Genesis 11: 6 God commended what the people did and said that “Nothing they set out to do will be impossible” Whatever I want to do, will be possible it is not the issue of money availability. Speak what you want to do, and God will provide what is needed.
g) What Jacob gave was out of this world. Just check the list, it is an amazing list and faith is needed to move on with God.
5. What you give, it shall be given back to you. Conclusion.
8“And what were all the flocks and herds I met as I came?” Esau asked.
Jacob replied, “They are gifts, my lord, to ensure your goodwill.” 9“Brother, I have plenty,” Esau answered. “Keep what you have.”
Give and it shall be given to you… Luke 6:38 and running over.
From verse 12, we see the power of giving bringing about clear results of:
d) Love without measure
e) Care for one another
g) Concern for one another.
h) Kindness. Verse 15
Genesis 3:21And I will grant this people such favor in the sight of the Egyptians that when you leave, you will not go away empty-handed. 22Every woman shall ask her neighbor and any woman staying in her house for silver and gold jewelry and clothing, and you will put them on your sons and daughters. So you will plunder the Egyptians.”
Generational blessings, what God is doing are going to flow to your children. The Hebrews children were carrying the wealth of Egypt, the wealth that was worked for, by their parents for 400 years, four decades. God will never forget the good that you do.
Give and it shall be given to you, shaken together, pressed down and overflowing shall man give unto you. Luke 6:38. Illustration.
a) The young boy in Nigeria.
b) The black hotel worker in USA
c) The black man in London who owed a restaurant.
d) Today, it is you, use that opportunity.
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