February 20, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 36

And the LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger.”

Genesis 25:23

Genealogies are the broccoli of scripture. They are important and good for us but only weirdos enjoy them. I am one of those weirdos because I love to see what ends up happening with the people in the Bible. Our chapter today shows us that as far as earthly terms go, Esau did very well for himself. He became the nation of Edom and dwelt in the country of Seir. Although it is nice for Esau to have a chapter dedicated to him and his descendants, he still falls short compared to his brother Jacob. Esau’s information precedes the much fuller and more important account of Jacob’s descendants.

It is easy for me to look at Esau and have compassion for him. Poor guy didn’t have a chance from the start. However, the importance of Jacob has nothing to do with Jacob just as Esau’s family being less important has nothing to do with Esau. Jacob’s family is special because God chose for his family to be in the line of Christ. The picture of Jacob and Esau points us to the sovereignty of God and reminds us that the only thing that makes us special is Jesus.

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[g] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Galatians 3:26-29

By: Chad Wiles

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “February 20, 2016”

  1. Just some notes from a little digging around the broccoli in search of bacon: 

    Note the character of Edom and their descendants…
    Ezekiel 25:12 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them…” 

    and Obadiah 10 “Because of violence to your brother Jacob, You will be covered with shame, And you will be cut off forever.”

    Esau’s sons…to chiefs…and then to kings…(v.20-30)…
    The triumphing of the wicked may be quick, but it is short; soon ripe, and as soon rotten: but the products of the promise, though they are slow, are sure and lasting.

    We may suppose it was a great trial to the faith of God’s Israel to hear of the pomp and power of the kings of Edom, while they were bond-slaves in Egypt; but those that look for great things from God must be content to wait for them; God’s time is the best time.

    And then back to chiefs…(v.40)…
     Perhaps in refusing them a passage through their country, (Num. 20:18). Note, When power is abused, it is just with God to weaken it, by turning it into diverse channels of leadership, “For the transgression of a land, many are the princes thereof” (Pr. 28:2). Sin brought Edom from kings to dukes, from crowns to coronets. 

    Note, The children of this world have their all in hand, and nothing in hope (Lu. 16:25); while the children of God have their all in hope, and next to nothing in hand. But, all things considered, it is better to have Canaan in promise than mount Seir in possession.

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

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