Today we see a second example of great possessions causing family separation, first Abraham and Lot and now Jacob and Esau. Esau married a Canaanite women (remember origin of Canaanites? Ham’s cursed son Canaan). The Lord will eventually warn the children of Israel not to intermarry with the Canaanites bc it will lead them away from the Lord and into idolatry. On day 2 we read what happened when Seth’s descendants began to intermarry with Cain’s descendants who were not walking with the Lord. The hearts and minds of everyone became so wicked that God destroyed the earth by flood. God’s commandments are always for our good! Ok, back to the genealogy We learned that Edom (Esau) has kings before the Israelites (Jacob’s descendants). God’s desire since the garden has always been for his people to trust Him and walk by faith but later in the Story will we see the Israelites make another decision based on sight and ask for kings like the people around them. Also, take note of King Amalek in Esau’s genealogy. The Amalekites (descendants of Esau) become notorious for attacking the Israelites. God will instruct the Israelites to wipe them off the face of the earth but will the Israelites obey? We will find out down the road. Keep reading! Tomorrow we get a peek into the lives of Joseph and Judah.
(Genesis 36:1-19, 1 Chronicles 1:35-37, Genesis 36:20-30, 1 Chronicles 1:38-42, Genesis 36:31-43, 1 Chronicles 1:43-2:2)