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
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
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
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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