I do not like the biblical character, Jacob. He’s a weasel. He gives me the creeps. I’m glad God loved him, and Jacob should be glad I’m not God.
Jacob fled from Esau after stealing his birthright and blessing. When Jacob comes back with all his riches, he sends gifts ahead of him so Esau would be “gracious” toward him.
In Genesis 32 and 33, grace shows up a number of times and always in light of a gift.
32:5–Jacob shows his stuff to get grace with Esau
33:8–Esau asks what the stuff is for–that Jacob might find grace.
33:10–Jacob insists that Esau take the present if he has found grace
33:11–Jacob says God has been gracious with him, that’s why he has stuff
33:15–Jacob denies Esau’s loan of people to help move Jacob’s stuff because Jacob has found grace with Esau
There is a definite connection with giving and grace. This is one passage where we see two guys talking about being gracious, nothing to do with salvation or anything like that. Just two guys being gracious.
They each show grace by their gifts.
Salvation is a gift of God, it is given by Grace. Grace is not just a happy feeling toward someone, grace is an action word that conveys giving.
Up in 2 Corinthians 8, Paul interchanges a gift of money with the word “grace.” Grace is giving. There can be giving without grace; but there can never be grace without giving.