Read Genesis 36 – Tomorrow we will read about Joseph and his dream… It’s an excellent chapter that will instill you with hope, faith and perseverance. But today we are reading about the descendants of Esau.
I consider this a tough chapter because it is mostly a genealogy of hard to pronounce names. God told Rebekah she carried two rival nations (Genesis 25:23) and that will continue to play out as the descendants of Esau give Israel trouble. Esau is the father of the Edomites, and the Amalekites (through Esau’s oldest son, Eliphaz – :16). Our chapter mentions that Esau separated from Jacob because both brothers had been so abundantly blessed that the land could not support them. He moved to Seir, the place he invited Jacob to when the brothers reconciled in chapter 33. Beloved, though you may also find this hard to read, know that nothing is in God’s Word casually or without meaning. In God’s timing and purpose every word will make perfect sense.