Gravity is important. While we take it for granted, it effects almost every detail of our lives. In Physical Science we learned that the force of gravitational attraction between two celestial bodies is a product of their relative mass and their distance from one another. Scientific observation has shown that proximity has an exponential effect while mass has only a multiplying effect. Mathematically, however, the force of gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance and directly proportional to relative mass. In plain English this means that being closer is more significant than being bigger.
While this is true for stars, planets and moons, it is even more painfully true in our relationships. When conflict, estrangement and sin enter our relationships the gravity of brokenness is more powerful in close relationships than casual ones. It is much easier to politely excuse or ignore the person at a relational distance when they offend us or are offended by us. But when it is a parent, sibling, spouse or child, the seriousness of the offense looms large and casts a long shadow.
Solomon put it this way. “A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city” (Proverbs 18:19). The prodigious size of the “Relationships” section in any book store and the number of afternoon TV programs devoted to relational guidance — funded by divorce lawyers — are potent witnesses to our cluelessness when it comes to reconciliation. We look everywhere except the Bible for guidance, yet the persistent theme of Scripture is reconciliation. Every relationship is fractured by sin and the only path to reconciliation is the gospel pattern of forgiveness, confession, and repentance.
In Genesis 33, Jacob returns home to dangerous uncertainty. His brother’s last words were breathed out in murderous threat and they have not spoken for 20 years. No relationship is more broken than theirs. But before Jacob is confronted by Esau, he is confronted by God. Only after he is reconciled to God is he able to be reconciled with his brother. Join us this Lord’s Day, February 11, as we examine Genesis 33 and consider what this story teaches us about reconciliation. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.