Jacob’s Strategy and Esau’s Sorrowful Wailing

As I Can See

Today, when reviewing Biblical history, you cannot deny that providential leaders must pioneer the reverse course. If the foundation was not only lost but destroyed, you must use the same genuine part in order to repair it. Thus, restoration through indemnity had to go the reversal course.

In the restoration course of Esau and Jacob, because the younger brother stole the birthright that belonged to his older brother, Jacob had to go the twenty-one years of drudgery. Can you imagine how hard and painful his life was while serving in the house of Laban? He spent months and years filled with many difficulties. An ordinary person, especially a man, would not able to endure and remain in such a situation. What kind of person was his uncle? Laban was a thief. Despite this painful situation, Jacob endured all hardships and difficulties, for twenty one years, without uttering complaints. Because of…

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Crown of Glory

As I Can See

When I doubt people, I feel pain.
When I judge people, it is unbearable.
When I hate people, there is no value to my existence.

Yet if I believe, I am deceived.
If I love, I am betrayed.
Suffering and grieving tonight, my head in my hands
Am I wrong?

Yes, I am wrong.
Even though we are deceived, still believe.
Though we are betrayed, still forgive.
Love completely even those who hate you.

Wipe your tears away and welcome with a smile
Those who know nothing but deceit
And those who betray without regret.

Oh Master! The pain of loving!
Look at my hands.
Place your hand on my chest.
My heart is bursting, such agony!

But when I loved those who acted against me
I brought victory.
If you have done the same thing,
I will give you the crown of glory.

A poem by Reverend Sun Myung…

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Jacob’s Strategy and Esau’s Sorrowful Wailing

Today, when reviewing Biblical history, you cannot deny that providential leaders must pioneer the reverse course. If the foundation was not only lost but destroyed, you must use the same genuine part in order to repair it. Thus, restoration through indemnity had to go the reversal course.

In the restoration course of Esau and Jacob, because the younger brother stole the birthright that belonged to his older brother, Jacob had to go the twenty-one years of drudgery. Can you imagine how hard and painful his life was while serving in the house of Laban? He spent months and years filled with many difficulties. An ordinary person, especially a man, would not able to endure and remain in such a situation. What kind of person was his uncle? Laban was a thief. Despite this painful situation, Jacob endured all hardships and difficulties, for twenty one years, without uttering complaints. Because of his attitude, Heaven looked after him as he went through this lonely path, without being recognized by anyone. In this situation, ironically, a person who seemed to be on the verge of perishing never perished; but the person who looked strong and prosperous ended up perishing.

Then when Jacob returned to Esau’s home, how did he prepare to meet his brother? He sent flocks of 50 to 60 sheep over to him several dozens of times. If he had sent and offered his flocks and herds altogether at once, Jacob would have been greeting him only one time. By dividing his herds and flocks in several dozens of groups and sending them over several dozen times, he created opportunities for his servants to greet Esau, all these dozens of times. Think of this. How meticulous and precise his strategy was? After all these offerings, when Jacob met his brother Esau finally, he greeted showing a hundred times more appreciation than the sum total of all the gifts of herds and flocks. There were four hundred men surrounding Esau who witnessed all the gifts of flocks of sheep that were offered.

Then, when Jacob finally met his older brother Esau, he did not say, “Hi my brother, how have you been?” He praised Esau calling him, “My lord, my older brother.” As he approached where Esau was, Jacob bowed down to the ground seven times while saying to Esau, such as, “For to see your face is like seeing the face of God.” He did this deliberately. Notice, he did not run up to him. Had he ran to his brother, do you know what could have happened to him? Facing the soldiers who were prepared to kill him, in order to avoid any harm, he moved forward while bowing and shedding tears.

This environment that was created by his efforts moved his brother, and then Esau embraced Jacob. Jacob cried out while pressing his face to Esau’s, saying, “My lord, here the sinner is finally visiting you. Even if I say my gratitude thousands of times, it is not enough. So, please kill me right here for my sin against you.” Hearing such a plea, Esau accepted his gifts. Although Esau never had a loving heart, he could not take any action against Jacob. So, he accepted the gifts.

Who then could realize that it was the turning point in the history of Heaven and earth that these two brothers had reconciled and become as one, shedding tears for each other? This event was just one man who acted at one moment. However, its content turned upside down countless years of the history of Heaven and earth. At this moment, an unimaginable change in the standard of value took place. Who would have known that it would have set the foundation that makes possible turning Hell into Heaven?

Absolute Faith and Absolute Love
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
October 9, 1994

The Ultimate Destination of Love

There are many sorrowful people around us, and there are many who are not sorrowful. Our families, cities and nations are either sorrowful or they are not. Some are developing and others are not; some people are smiling and others crying.

In this way everyone is different, yet everybody dislikes sorrow and a place of solitude. Everyone also seeks joy, glory and happiness. The same is true with every family, society and even every nation. Everyone tries to avoid sorrow, seeking glory, and for that purpose everyone endures hardships. The same is true with the world. If there is a being who controls the whole, then that being should definitely be the same as human beings. Heavenly Father is definitely the same as human beings.

Love wasn’t meant to be given in a lonely, suffering place but in a free, glorious place. God’s heart is such that He wants to give His utmost love in such a receptive environment.

On earth, is there any human being who can do that? We have to think about it. That utmost love is not to be given only to a certain individual; rather it is to be given to families and to the whole world. This is the essence of love.

The nature of love is such that it is given to two people rather than one person, and it is given to three people rather than two people, and to 10 people. Thus, the force of love reaches toward the whole world rather than toward a certain nation. This is the way love works. Therefore, it is possible for love to flow toward human beings here on earth. The ultimate destination of love should be the greatest of all things. A parent with many children would be able to understand this deep heart. Such a person cannot have an enemy. All human beings have to receive love. If you think that you alone should receive love and not the world, then this way of thinking would be destructive.

God’s desire is not confined to a certain individual. Heaven seeks the whole, hence, the distinction between public life and private live. Public life is for the sake of the whole. Therefore, to serve the expectations of the whole is to lead a public life. Joy cannot exist only for yourself. It would be chased away by the joy of the whole. I think God is that way. Therefore, those who are wise live for the future, not only for the present. Hence, you see the necessity of faith. Once you have faith, hope can exist. Victory should not be confined to the individual level; it should be for the whole.

It is not good to think that you are you and I am I. The truth is that you are me and I am you. We need to attain that level of awareness. Individual victory can only bring forth individual joy. However, if individual victory is dedicated to the whole, then it can belong to the whole. Therefore, individual sacrifice can bring about public victory.

The greater the sacrifice, the greater the value. By following this principle, the world can prosper. Sacrifice for others always accompanies the path of love. We cannot walk that path by any other method. We cannot rejoice as individuals. In this sense, victory cannot exist in religion. Of course w exist as individuals, but we as individuals exist for the sake of our nation and for the sake of the whole world. We must understand that clearly. We as individuals should symbolize the world. Hence, individuals should live for the public.

It is in this way that God’s love expands infinitely. We must not live only for the sake of the Unification Church but for the sake of our nation and for the sake of the world. Although we may have to sacrifice ourselves, we must walk this path. This is the way we as individuals should live. When you see a beautiful sunset, do you want to see it only by yourself? In your truest heart you would want everyone to see such a beautiful thing. So the eternal Kingdom of Heaven cannot exist only within an individual. It can exist only within the whole.

Victory or Defeat and the Present Time
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
December 5, 1971

Crown of Glory

When I doubt people, I feel pain.
When I judge people, it is unbearable.
When I hate people, there is no value to my existence.

Yet if I believe, I am deceived.
If I love, I am betrayed.
Suffering and grieving tonight, my head in my hands
Am I wrong?

Yes, I am wrong.
Even though we are deceived, still believe.
Though we are betrayed, still forgive.
Love completely even those who hate you.

Wipe your tears away and welcome with a smile
Those who know nothing but deceit
And those who betray without regret.

Oh Master! The pain of loving!
Look at my hands.
Place your hand on my chest.
My heart is bursting, such agony!

But when I loved those who acted against me
I brought victory.
If you have done the same thing,
I will give you the crown of glory.

A poem by Reverend Sun Myung Moon

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