Genesis Lesson 22 Day 5

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Genesis Lesson 22 Day 5

Genesis 36

Esau and his descendants, the Edomites.

13) Esau’s family

Like Abraham and Lot, Esau and Jacob’s families and possessions were too great for them to live in the same region. Esau took his wives, sons, daughters, servants, livestock, beasts and all the possessions he acquired in Canaan and moved away from his brother into the hill country of Seir.

Esau feared that because Jacob stole his blessing, he would be a pauper. But both grandsons of Abraham prospered materially. Esau received the only blessing that meant anything to him.

Jacob prospered materially and spiritually. 

Edom had kings before any king reigned over the Israelites (Genesis 36:31). God only allowed Israel to have a king because they rebelled against HIM and insisted on being like the other nations (1 Samuel 8:5). Samuel called on the Lord to send thunder and rain to show his displeasure because HE was the one they rejected (1 Samuel 8:7-8).

The Edomites are mentioned some 130 times in scripture.1

Isaac’s prophecies about Esau were fulfilled.

  • To Jacob when Isaac thought he was Esau: Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Genesis 27:29

In the days of Saul, Edom was made subject to Israel (1 Samuel 14:47), and David established garrisons there (2 Samuel 8:14).

  • To Esau

By your sword you shall live,
    and you shall serve your brother;
but when you grow restless
    you shall break his yoke from your neck.” Genesis 27:40

But later, in the days of Joram, the son of Ahab, the Edomites became independent of Israel (2 Kings 8:16-22).1

From one of Esau’s grandsons named Amalek came the Amalekites, formidable enemies of the Israelites (Exodus 17:8-16; Deuteronomy 25:17-19; 1 Samuel 15:1-8). 

The entire book of Obadiah records an extended prophecy against Edom. From the time Islam conquered the Middle East, the region previously occupied by Esau’s clan “has been mostly unoccupied, except for a few Bedouins and military outposts.”1

“I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins, “the Lord of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the Lord is angry forever.'” Malachi 1:2-4

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