I’ve begun again my trek through the Bible — four chapters per day as a goal.
This bit from Genesis 33 caught my attention this week.
But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. (Gen. 33:4, NIV)
When I read that, I thought instantly of the prodigal son and his father.
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20b, NIV)
One was written in Greek and the other in Hebrew. I can’t read either of those languages, so there may be no real parallel here. Or it may not be an intentional allusion by Luke to Genesis, but it got me thinking about Esau and the parable.
Maybe there is nothing there.
But I love these little reminders about how rich the scriptures are.