Day 36 - Riches Does Not Equal Favor

Day 36 - Riches Does Not Equal Favor

Genesis 36

February 5, 2018

Day 36 of our reading is in Genesis 36. In this chapter, we learn about the generation of Esau and the kings of Edom (Esau). We know that in previous chapters, that Esau made a terrible decision which cost him his birthright and Jacob deceived Isaac and was rewarded the birthright. However, in this chapter, we read about the riches of Esau (which was actually promised by Isaac in Genesis 27:39, 40).


In Romans 9:13 we read this, "...Jacob have I loved and Esau have I hated." What is interesting is that the riches and prosperity of Esau did not mean that he was living in the favor of God in righteousness.


The amount of money in the bank account or our fruitful offspring does not determine or does not validate that God has blessed an individual. So many times we look at these things as a sign but the truth is that God speaks to the hearts of individuals and validates to them, in a personal way, that He is with them. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had a personal experience with God and that was how God told them that He was with them.


Genesis 36:1-43 (KJV) 

Esau's three wives

1 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.
2 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;
3 And Bashemath Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebajoth.
4 And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare Reuel;
5 And Aholibamah bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the land of Canaan.
6 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.
7 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.
8 Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom. 

His sons


9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:
10 These are the names of Esau's sons; Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau.
11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.
12 And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau's son; and she bare to Eliphaz Amalek: these were the sons of Adah Esau's wife.
13 And these are the sons of Reuel; Nahath, and Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah: these were the sons of Bashemath Esau's wife.
14 And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah.
15 These were dukes of the sons of Esau: the sons of Eliphaz the firstborn son of Esau; duke Teman, duke Omar, duke Zepho, duke Kenaz,
16 Duke Korah, duke Gatam, and duke Amalek: these are the dukes that came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these were the sons of Adah.
17 And these are the sons of Reuel Esau's son; duke Nahath, duke Zerah, duke Shammah, duke Mizzah: these are the dukes that came of Reuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Bashemath Esau's wife.
18 And these are the sons of Aholibamah Esau's wife; duke Jeush, duke Jaalam, duke Korah: these were the dukes that came of Aholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife.
19 These are the sons of Esau, who is Edom, and these are their dukes. 

The children of Seir


20 These are the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited the land; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah,
21 And Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan: these are the dukes of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom.
22 And the children of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan's sister was Timna.
23 And the children of Shobal were these; Alvan, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.
24 And these are the children of Zibeon; both Ajah, and Anah: this was that Anah that found the mules in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.
25 And the children of Anah were these; Dishon, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah.
26 And these are the children of Dishon; Hemdan, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran.
27 The children of Ezer are these; Bilhan, and Zaavan, and Akan.
28 The children of Dishan are these; Uz, and Aran.
29 These are the dukes that came of the Horites; duke Lotan, duke Shobal, duke Zibeon, duke Anah,
30 Duke Dishon, duke Ezer, duke Dishan: these are the dukes that came of Hori, among their dukes in the land of Seir. 

The kings of Edom


31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.
32 And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom: and the name of his city was Dinhabah.
33 And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead.
34 And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of Temani reigned in his stead.
35 And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Avith.
36 And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead.
37 And Samlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth by the river reigned in his stead.
38 And Saul died, and Baalhanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead.
39 And Baalhanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Pau; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.
40 And these are the names of the dukes that came of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names; duke Timnah, duke Alvah, duke Jetheth,
41 Duke Aholibamah, duke Elah, duke Pinon,
42 Duke Kenaz, duke Teman, duke Mibzar,
43 Duke Magdiel, duke Iram: these be the dukes of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession: he is Esau the father of the Edomites. 


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Comments 4

Hal Tomlinson on Monday, 05 February 2018 15:25

very good commentary. I do not know how Bro Garrett manages to have the time to do all he does. Bro Kiggins once told me, "if you want something done, ask the busiest person in church". They always seem to find a way.

very good commentary. I do not know how Bro Garrett manages to have the time to do all he does. Bro Kiggins once told me, "if you want something done, ask the busiest person in church". They always seem to find a way.
Jennifer Luttman on Tuesday, 06 February 2018 15:28

That seems to be a good rule to live by Bro. Hal!

That seems to be a good rule to live by Bro. Hal!
Jennifer Luttman on Tuesday, 06 February 2018 15:33

It’s easy to see money as a sign of Gods love, and it can be at times, but in my life I have seen God show up in some very powerful ways when I have very little money in my bank account.

It’s easy to see money as a sign of Gods love, and it can be at times, but in my life I have seen God show up in some very powerful ways when I have very little money in my bank account.
Christine K on Thursday, 08 February 2018 18:24

The last paragraph that Bro Garrett posted struck me with his words, "God speaks to the hearts of individuals and validates to them, in a personal way, that He is with them." Isn't it amazing that God...yes, the one who created everything on Earth....the one God Almighty...The first and the last...the "I AM".....speaks to us individually!! It is so jarring and overwhelming to think that God does speak to us ALL individually!! He loves ALL of us!

The last paragraph that Bro Garrett posted struck me with his words, "God speaks to the hearts of individuals and validates to them, in a personal way, that He is with them." Isn't it amazing that God...yes, the one who created everything on Earth....the one God Almighty...The first and the last...the "I AM".....speaks to us individually!! It is so jarring and overwhelming to think that God does speak to us ALL individually!! He loves ALL of us!
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