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Genesis 36

Esau’s Descendants

This is the account of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom).

Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite— also Basemath daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth.

Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, Basemath bore Reuel, and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the sons of Esau, who were born to him in Canaan.

Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan, and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob. Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock. So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.

This is the account of the family line of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir.

10 These are the names of Esau’s sons:

Eliphaz, the son of Esau’s wife Adah, and Reuel, the son of Esau’s wife Basemath.

11 The sons of Eliphaz:

Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam and Kenaz.

12 Esau’s son Eliphaz also had a concubine named Timna, who bore him Amalek. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Adah.

13 The sons of Reuel:

Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath.

14 The sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon, whom she bore to Esau:

Jeush, Jalam and Korah.

15 These were the chiefs among Esau’s descendants:

The sons of Eliphaz the firstborn of Esau:

Chiefs Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz, 16 Korah,[a] Gatam and Amalek. These were the chiefs descended from Eliphaz in Edom; they were grandsons of Adah.

17 The sons of Esau’s son Reuel:

Chiefs Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were the chiefs descended from Reuel in Edom; they were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath.

18 The sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah:

Chiefs Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the chiefs descended from Esau’s wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah.

19 These were the sons of Esau (that is, Edom), and these were their chiefs.

20 These were the sons of Seir the Horite, who were living in the region:

Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 21 Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These sons of Seir in Edom were Horite chiefs.

22 The sons of Lotan:

Hori and Homam.[b] Timna was Lotan’s sister.

23 The sons of Shobal:

Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam.

24 The sons of Zibeon:

Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs[c] in the desert while he was grazing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.

25 The children of Anah:

Dishon and Oholibamah daughter of Anah.

26 The sons of Dishon[d]:

Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Keran.

27 The sons of Ezer:

Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan.

28 The sons of Dishan:

Uz and Aran.

29 These were the Horite chiefs:

Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 30 Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These were the Horite chiefs, according to their divisions, in the land of Seir.

The Rulers of Edom

31 These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite kingreigned:

32 Bela son of Beor became king of Edom. His city was named Dinhabah.

33 When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah succeeded him as king.

34 When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as king.

35 When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, succeeded him as king. His city was named Avith.

36 When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as king.

37 When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as king.

38 When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Akbor succeeded him as king.

39 When Baal-Hanan son of Akbor died, Hadad[e] succeeded him as king. His city was named Pau, and his wife’s name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-Zahab.

40 These were the chiefs descended from Esau, by name, according to their clans and regions:

Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 41 Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 42 Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 43 Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their settlements in the land they occupied.

This is the family line of Esau, the father of the Edomites.


Genesis 36

Whew! Well this is one of those chapters where you’re scratching your head a little bit I agree with Pastor Jason.  We take a look at Esau and his families/generations today. Who were the Edomites and why are they important? We see a continuation of brotherly rivalry of Esau (The Edomites) and Jacob (Israelites). Worldly verse spiritual: Ungodly attitudes versus Godly attitudes.  Both descendants of Abraham.. BOTH receiving blessings even though there was only one chosen by God to carry on the birthright.
Even though we saw them reconnect and forgive each other they didn’t truly reconcile .. we talked about that difference the other day. These two brothers and people groups fought head-to-head throughout their life each passing on their attitudes and beliefs to the generations to come. This shows us the importance of what are we teaching our families and passing onto them. Are you teaching your family to focus on worldly things or spiritual things?
The Edomites were an important group of people mentioned over 130 times in the Bible. They were neighbors of Israel yet time and time again we see them come up against Israel. Esau was a blessed man even though he was hated and rejected in regard to being chosen to inherit the covenant of God made by Abraham. God blesses those who aren’t chosen as well. It’s important that we see that non-spiritual people can also receive blessings yet how much more can we receive when we do look to and depend on God. Pastor Jason said this morning, “God humbles our pride to show us how mighty He is.” To show us that we have to rely on him to get through situations that we confront in our life. He needs our attention, our trust, commitment, obedience, our hearts and our faith. Esau had none of those but Jacob did.
Edom means red in Hebrew. When I think of red I generally think stop… Red is a color of warning to us generally. Esau passed on his hateful and rebellious attitude onto his family and the Edomites. Jacobs attitude was one of love, reverence and dependence upon the Lord. Passing on our generational curses and attitudes.
In 70 A.D. the descendants of Esau disappeared from human history just as God said it would happen in Obadiah. Because the Edomites were proud, violent and apathetic to the destruction of Israel God promised a reckoning. Another people group destroyed by sin. This area ‘The mountains of the Esau’ will one day be possessed by the restored Israel in the millennial kingdom of Christ. (Obadiah 1:19-21).
The importance of being a person who reflects Godly ways and showing his love. The Importance of teaching your family about God and instilling Godly values. The way we act, what we talk about, who we turn to in times of trouble… letting others see you in the word daily… even when you don’t think they’re listening… They are hearing.  They are observing.
What values are you passing on to your family?
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