Genesis 36:1-8 Now these are the records of the generations of Esau (that is, Edom). Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah and the granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite; also Basemath, Ishmael’s daughter, the sister of Nebaioth. Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, and Basemath bore Reuel, and Oholibamah bore Jeush and Jalam and Korah. These are the sons of Esau who were born to him in the land of Canaan. Then Esau took his wives and his sons and his daughters and all his household, and his livestock and all his cattle and all his goods which he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and went to another land away from his brother Jacob. For their property had become too great for them to live together, and the land where they sojourned could not sustain them because of their livestock. So Esau lived in the hill country of Seir; Esau is Edom.

When I read this chapter, I was left with amazement of how God truly blessed Esau even though he was not the one to receive Isaac’s blessing.

Clearly Esau was blessed with a lineage of great kings who ruled the lands around Israel and great wealth that was for all to see. What then is the point of Isaac’s blessing and where is Israel in all of this?

Isaac’s blessing of Esau reads (Gen.27:39-40),
“Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling,
And away from the dew of heaven from above.
“By your sword you shall live,
And your brother you shall serve;
But it shall come about when you become restless,
That you will break his yoke from your neck.”

We see clearly that Esau would live away from the grace of God and in rebellion to God and His people. Esau’s life would be dedicated to living by the sword and living in the land of his possession.

With the children of God on the other hand, we often see that they are generally left behind in terms of outward prosperity and honor. It seems like this was a trial of God for on one hand we hear of the pomp and glory of the kings of Edom and on the other, the bond-slavery of the Israelites to the Egyptians.

However, those that look for great things from God need to learn to wait on Him for His deliverance rather than taking things in their own hands.

God works in powerful ways but at His time and in His pace and we as His children consider it pure joy to have our sins forgiven and our ways directed by the King of Kings!

The children of the world have all their hope in hand and nothing in hope whereas the children of God have all theirs in hope and nothing in hand.

Mount Seir is called the land of possession whereas Canaan is called the land of promise. The question for us today is what we long for? Instant results and eternal suffering or God’s provision and eternal hope?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Luke 16:25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.

Comments
  1. […] Thank you, Father, for sending Jesus to me so I might see Him and learn His loving ways. I understand that my faith does not literally require me to see Jesus in the flesh to receive and benefit from His message of unconditional love, understanding, acceptance and redemption. Only you, Father God, would have the patience to send your Son among us when faith would have sufficed. Let those who have not seen yet believe share in your promise of Related to this you can read: http://athomewithgod.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/if-youre-willing/ On the same topic: https://inhislovingservice.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/possessions-or-promise/ […]

    • ServantBoy says:

      Dear Friend in Christ,
      Thank you for sharing a snippet of your post and referring back to this blog. I praise God for how he opened your eyes to the truth of His son, Jesus Christ and I give God glory for your work that glorifies Him.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Ann says:

    “The question for us today is what we long for? Instant results and eternal suffering or God’s provision and eternal hope?”

    Thankful He’s our Hope! “If it had not been for the Lord on our side, where would we be?”!

    Thank you. If hope is lost, all is truly lost.
    ann

  3. ServantBoy says:

    Hi Ann,
    Jesus is our hope and the only hope for all of mankind and I totally agree with you. Thank you for spending time to encourage me and other bloggers who work to serve God. Thank you also for the word that you share with such passion. I pray that God would be glorified through your life and service.
    In Christ,
    Vineet

  4. Debbie says:

    Wow . . .this was such a strong and beautiful post! Blew me away!

    “The children of the world have all their hope in hand and nothing in hope whereas the children of God have all theirs in hope and nothing in hand.” I just love this. 🙂 I’ll take having hope now in Jesus and throughout eternity!

    God bless you and your love of Him and His hope!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,
      Thank you for your continued encouragement and how that makes me want to continue to pursue studying God’s word and sharing it. God is awesome in nature and character and I pray that we would never take Him for granted because of the so called busy-ness of our lives. The hope we have in Him is the only hope we have and nothing that we have is going to last for eternity as His love for us.
      Hope you and your princess are doing well and so is the rest of your household? Praying that God continues to bless the work of your hands and make you a blessing to many just as He has done for me.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

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