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.”
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.
By: Chad Wiles