Vs. 1, “This is the account of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom).” Question: What is the significance of this chapter? God’s promise to Jacob/Israel for the land of Canaan would continue to be fulfilled as Esau’s descendants would inhabit the land Southeast of the Dead Sea (outside of Canaan). Sadly, over the years, the Edomites would become enemies against Israel. When Israel was journeying back to Canaan after escaping Egypt, it was the Edomites who would not allow them passage through their land (Numbers 20). Additionally, the prophet Obadiah would prophesy concerning Esau’s descendants too.
Regarding application…God’s is Sovereign. Vs. 9, “This is the account of the family line of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir.” The odds were against Jacob from the beginning. Though twins, Esau was technically the first-born. Esau was favored by Isaac. Esau was the tough warrior/hunter. Yet, God had told Rebekah that the older would serve the younger (Genesis 25:23). God fulfilled His promise that indeed Esau would become a nation. Question: How does this apply to us? When it seems that God’s promises are slow to come, keep the faith. Be persistent and know that those who choose the road to evil will not win.
Vs. 6, “He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river.” God now gives us a picture of a river that begins under the temple and branches off to the Dead Sea and the other to the Mediterranean. It is a river blessed by God that provides life to trees that give unending fruit and healing from them. The Dead Sea as we know it will no longer be dead. There will be rivers of living water flowing into it, quite an amazing thought! We also see a fulfillment of God’s promises that began with Abraham in restoring the land back to His people. Notice how God has not forgotten about the Gentiles (vs. 22-23).
Regarding application…God is Faithful Vs. 14, “You are to divide it equally among them. Because I swore with uplifted hand to give it to your forefathers, this land will become your inheritance.” God’s faithfulness is not predicated upon what we have done. God is faithful because of who He is. Consider your own life. Question: What have you done that would warrant God’s faithfulness? In the depth of my soul, I realize as I get older in this life…I can’t do it. Try as I may, I sputter along in need of grace. Yet, I am amazed that God is so patient and faithful. As we venture into a new week and Christmas is looming, let us remember that God is faithful. What specific thing can we thank God today for His faithfulness?