Today's reading: Genesis 36:1-43
Although Genesis 36 may not be the most exciting chapter to read in the storyline of Isaac, Jacob and Esau, it is an important one because it displays a faithful God who keeps His promises. We've seen God's faithfulness to Jacob over the past few weeks, and now when we reach Genesis 36, we see that God has been faithful to Esau, too.
The detailed information given to us about Esau's family and descendants shows and highlights the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham in Genesis 17:5-6 that he would be "a father of a multitude of nations," it fulfills God’s words to Rebekah when she asked God why her twin babies were struggling inside of her ("Two nations are in your womb, and two people from within you shall be divided" (Gen. 25:23)), and Genesis 36 also shows the fulfillment of Isaac's words to Esau shortly after Jacob had stolen Esau’s blessing ("Then Isaac his father answered and said to him: 'Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be, and away from the dew of heaven on high. By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; but when you grow restless you shall break his yoke from your neck" (Gen. 27:39-40)).
How does seeing that God faithfully provided for and watched over Esau encourage you today? What does knowing that God keeps His promises mean for you personally? How does it impact your thinking about God and His Word? How has God been faithful to you? Tami
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