So today, we find ourselves in another day of the begats...
Now this is the genealogy of Esau, who is Edom.
And while it is a fairly short read, compared to some other days this week, there does not seem to be any juicy details. But there is, in fact, some great significance.
And it's tied up in the meaning of the names.
First of all, look back to when Esau was born.
So when her (Rebekah's) days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau. (literally: hairy)
Then Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of stew to Jacob.
Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.”
Therefore his name was called Edom. (literally: red)
And a trade was made... a bowl of stew, for a birthright.
So why is this all significant?
Because when Jacob leaves Canaan with the birthright and blessing he took from Esau, he becomes heir to all that Abraham and Isaac have been promised by God. And Esau is left behind, angry and bitter... red and hairy. So he purposely leaves home to marry into the people of whom his family does not approve.
Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan. (these are descendants of Ham)
And Esau settles in the land which is named for him... the land of Edom.
So we will see, all through the Old Testament this territory of Edom and the people who inhabit it... the Edomites as people who oppose the Israelites.
It is important not to forget them, for they are the descendants of Esau... those who did not inherit the blessing of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are also the descendants of the cursed lineage of Ham... the son of Noah that exposed his father in Genesis 9.
We won't ever read about the Hammites... or the Esauites... for there aren't any.
But we will see the Canaanites and the Edomites. They will appear again, and again through out the Old Testament opposing God's chosen people of Israel.
And if we were not reading chronologically, we may just see these lands and these peoples of opposition as... well, just angry people who don't know God. But actually, they are living under the heritage of the sins of long ago. They are worshipping idols, and stuck in families that continue in the same mistakes... that seldom turn toward the one true God.
Is there hope for them? I mean, is it fair to those children born to these lands?
For surely they have a choice!
And that is why God continues to show Himself in front of them through the Israelites. So that they can see His miraculous ways, His power, and His provision. And yes, some will come out of this cursed heritage and "change teams," as it were. But many will stay... fixed in opposition, never daring to believe.
But we all have this choice in life. To live life the way of our past dictates, or to make a new start with God. If we continue in the way that does not bring us life... making the same mistakes, expecting a different result... then we will never find true joy. And we will continue to be slaves to sin and death. But if we turn our lives over to Jesus, then we literally become free to live... and our choices can affect our children.
We can break the chain of bondage and give them an opportunity to also inherit a better life.
Word of God... train me, today...
to make wise choices for me... and for my children.
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you,
that I have set before you life and death,
blessing and cursing;
therefore choose life,
that both you and your descendants may live;
that you may love the Lord your God,
that you may obey His voice,
and that you may cling to Him,
for He is your life and the length of your days;
and that you may dwell in the land
which the Lord swore to your fathers,
to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
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