About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Descendents (ch.36:1 - 30)
Chapter 36 is the
genealogy of Esau. I will
not go into detail concerning this genealogy I will leave that for others more qualified than I. I will just
make a couple of comments.
Verse 2 tells us that
Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan, something we already knew from earlier chapters.
This obviously was not the will of the Lord.
God told Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that those in their family
must find wives in their extended family to keep the descendents pure
from other cultures. Israel
was meant to be a distinct society among the other nations of the world.
They were to be a godly example of how a nation should live, but
for the most part, Israel
was never a good example. So
Esau, like Ishmael in earlier
years, married outside of the extended family.
The church in many
respects have done the same as
If you remember, when
Jacob first returned to
Verse 8 tells us that
Esau settled in Seir. Well
Seir is where Esau lived when Jacob returned home.
So if he settles in Seir now, that means he must have left Seir
at some point in order to return to Seir at this point in time.
Verse 8 also tells us
something that we have already learned, and that is, Esau is also named Edom, from which the Edomites came. The
Edomites were always in opposition to Israel
all through history. Some
scholars say that Herod the king, in Jesus' days was an Edomite.
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