Esau, who is Jacob’s brother, is also called Edom. The kingdom of the Edomites comes from his lineage. He had three wives named Adah, Aholibamah, and Bashemath. It was Adah that had two children with Esau. Their names were Eliphaz and Reuel. Him and his second wife had three children. There names are Jeush, Jaalam, and Korah. His sons came from two women. We know that he dwelled in Canaan with his family. However, how he raised up his children is unknown. Did he teach them the ways of the Lord or did he allow them to believe what they want and go after false gods? Fortunately, we know that Jacob taught his children the ways of the Lord. It is written the following about Esau, “now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom. Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite; And Bashemath Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebajoth. And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare Reuel; And Aholibamah bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the land of Canaan.” (Genesis 36:1-5)
In the time that Esau lived, women’s names weren’t always written down in their records, but referred to instead. So although Esau had daughters also, we just aren’t privileged to know their names. What we do know is that he was very rich. He had all the cattle, beasts, and substance he needed in the land of Canaan. It is because of his riches that he started his own kingdom in Canaan, of which his people from generation are called the Edomites. There were many dukes, which were high-ranking officials, that came from his line also. As for Esau, his story continues and reads, “And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob. For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.” (Genesis 36:6,7) What we learn from Esau’s story is that people can be very rich without God. However, all this means nothing after we die. Therefore, we ought to make our treasures in heaven. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that You will continue to be with me and my family all our days. That each one of us will come to know You personally as our Lord and Savior. You are my God, Jesus, and I pray that every person in my immediate and extended family will one day see this. You have already started something amazing with me, my wife, and my two daughters. My youngest loves to pray over the food and my whole family goes to church with me each Sunday. Praise God that You are leading them to want to do these things and not just do Your will because I force them. It would be terrible if my family only did things that You care for because they felt pressured into doing it. But since I cannot read their minds, I pray that my wife and my kids will each be drawn to You in their own way. May the generations that come from my seed be fruitful in not just children and grandchildren, but in their knowledge of You. That is fruitful indeed. You have said that if I train up my children in the way that they should go, they will never depart from it. I need that blessing to come true. I may not be the best husband or father, but I strive daily to teach my family about You, Jesus. I love You, Lord. Amen.