Before meeting him, Jacob sends Esau the following message: And I have gotten oxen and donkeys and sheep and male and female slaves, and I send ahead to tell my lord, to find favor in your eyes. Why does Jacob boast of his material success? Ktav Sofer explains that it is always easier to make peace with someone from a position of strength. Jacob was signaling to his brother that neither fear or poverty was driving him to reconcile. On the contrary, he was coming from a position of strength – and all he sought from this reunion was peace and harmony.