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GENESIS 36

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Genesis 36:6-8 "And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob. For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle. Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom."

Deuteronomy 2:4-5 "And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore: Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a footbreadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession."

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Chapter 36 is mostly a genealogy of Esau's descendants. The fact that Esau was also called Edom is stressed several times in this chapter. He began to be called Edom back in chapter 25 verse 30 when he gave up his birthright to Jacob for some of the red pottage. (Edom means red.)

In Deuteronomy 2:4&5, we read where God gave Esau Seir as a possession. Although Esau gave up his blessing and birthright, Isaac still blessed him in Genesis 27 saying, "thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above." He alwo predicted that he would break his brother's yoke from off his neck. In Genesis 36 we see these prophecies coming true. Esau and Jacob part company because there was not enough room at their homeplace for both of them. Esau moved to Seir, the mountain range God had given him.

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In Numbers 20 we see the descendants of Jacob (Israelites) requesting permission from the King of Edom to pass through their land. They were refused and had to go around. God forbade them to fight with the Edomites because Esau was Jacob's brother. We should never fight with our Christian brothers and sisters! I don't care what our differences are. Fighting is NOT the answer.

GO AROUND!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT



  • Do you think Jacob and Esau kept in touch after this or was this perhaps the last time they saw each other?
  • Why do you think the Edomites, later on, would not let their relatives pass through their land? Fear perhaps?
  • What does this chapter tell you about how wonderfully God takes care of his children? (Even when they mess up their lives!)

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