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Sunday, August 25 2013
Genesis 36: The Nations Of Esau
Esau was the fraternal-twin brother of Jacob / Israel. Also known historically and prophetically as "Edom" (a name that he acquired from the famous incident involving the sale of his birthright: "And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom"; see Genesis 25: The Birth of Jacob and Esau), Esau too became the father of a people.
"36:1 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.
Esau chose to depart from the land of Canaan, away from 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" (the same reason that Abraham and Lot had went their separate ways; see also Genesis 13: The Parting of Abram and Lot). Esau settled in the area south of the Salt Sea (see the map below; also The Salt Sea In History And Prophecy.
"36:6 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. 36:7 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. 36:8 Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom." (Genesis 36:6-8 KJV)
The Word of God records Esau's family in detail, for the simple reason that, as another grandson of Abraham, Esau too had a part in fulfilling the "seed" prophecy of Abraham (see Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates).
"36:9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:
The people of Esau became a kingdom before the people of Israel did (the Israelites passed through the land of Edom on their way from Egypt to their promised land).
"36:31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.
Fact Finder: As stated in the verses above, "Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan." Did the first Jews also have Canaanite mothers?
This Day In History, August 25
325: The Council Of Nicaea ended with the adoption of the Nicene Creed, establishing the non-Biblical Roman Catholic doctrine of the Trinity. According to the Word of God, the Holy Spirit is actually the Power of God (i.e. of The Father and the LORD God; see What Makes Physical Life Possible? and The Kingdom Of The LORD God), not an individual "person" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
357: The Battle of Strasbourg. The Roman army in Gaul achieved a temporary victory over the Alemanni at Strasbourg. The Alemanni were a confederation of Germanic tribes of the upper Rhine River region. The Alemanni are still evident today as the name for Germany in a number of languages e.g. in French ("Allemagne"), Arabic ("Almanya"), Persian ("Alman"), Spanish ("Alemania), Turkish ("Almanya") and about twenty others. Germany eventually became the Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1560: Protestantism was formally adopted at the First General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The Scottish Parliament had already instituted a Calvinist confession of faith, declaring that the pope no longer had jurisdiction over Scotland.
1580: Spanish forces under the Duke of Alva fought the Portuguese at the Battle of Alcantara.
1609: Galileo demonstrated his newly-invented telescope to the Roman church authorities. His correct scientific discoveries (e.g. that the earth orbits the sun, not the sun orbits the earth; see also Do You Observe Christ's Sabbath Or Babylon's Sun Day?) nearly got him condemned for heresy.
1630: Portuguese forces were defeated by the Kingdom of Kandy at the Battle of Randeniwela in Sri Lanka.
1635: A hurricane hit Plymouth colony (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1718: The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, was founded and named in honor of the Duke of Orleans of France.
1758: The Prussian army defeated the invading Russians at the Battle of Zorndorf.
1768: English explorer and Royal Navy Captain James Cook began his first voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
1825: Uruguay declared its independence from Spain.
1830: A revolt broke out in the French-speaking provinces of the Netherlands, against union into Belgium.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the library of the University of Leuven was deliberately destroyed by the German Army. Hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable volumes and Gothic and Renaissance manuscripts were lost.
1943: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Louis Mountbatten of Britain was appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Southeast Asia.
1944: During the Second World War, Paris was liberated from German occupation by Free French Forces under General Jacques LeClerc.
1978: The Church of Rome's "Shroud of Turin," which is incorrectly (see Shroud Of Turin: A Miraculous Fake?) believed by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, went on public display for the first time in over 40 years.
1981: The Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to "Saturn" (the pagan-god name that scientists gave to the sixth planet from the sun).
1989: The Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to "Neptune" (the pagan-god name that scientists gave to the eighth planet from the sun).
1991: Belarus became independent from the Soviet Union.
1991: Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds released the first version of what became known as Linux.
1995: A rare fireball, caused by a large meteor, passed over southern Ontario and was accidentally filmed by a CITY-TV crew in Toronto.