faith, Genesis Series

Genesis 36 Material Blessing

Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 36.

Meditate on Genesis 36:7  “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.”

Remember Jacob’s brother Esau? You know the one a few chapters back that was ready to murder his brother Jacob because he had stolen his blessing from their dad. He was so upset when Jacob deceived their father because he thought he was going to get nothing.

Turns out he does have a reason for concern but it would not be his earthly possessions. In this chapter, Esau and Jacob are so blessed materially that they have to go their separate ways in Canaan because the land where they both were was not enough space to support their livestock.

Esau seems to live for himself and possess all that he wants when he wants it. From the outside looking in at his family, it almost seems as though this brother’s behavior and lack of reverence for the Lord goes unnoticed by God. In the world’s eyes, Esau has everything. He is “blessed”. However, we should take note of Esau’s father’s blessing (Genesis 27) and what will become of the Edomites (Obadiah 1). No amount of material blessing, even if it’s enjoyable at the moment, can save us from destruction. Only a Holy God can do that.

Prayer: God thank you for the reminder that my desire to build a kingdom on earth cannot save me or my family. When my hope is misplaced into the things of this world I am headed straight for destruction. But thank you that because of Jesus that is not my story. I have hope of an abundant, eternal life that is fruitful not for my own personal gain but to point other people to you and your glory. The only thing that can save your people. In Jesus’ name amen.

Application:

What do we see happen between these two brothers when material possessions become too great of a priority?

What happens to the Edomites in Obadiah?

Why do you think they are eventually destroyed versus their brother nation the Israelites?

Memorize Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

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