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Saturday, November 28 2015
Ezekiel 35: The Land Of Esau And The Land Of Israel
"Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it"
Esau was the fraternal-twin brother of Jacob (see The Birth of Jacob and Esau). It was while Jacob was living in exile from Esau that the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) changed Jacob's name to Israel (see the Finder Question below).
While also known historically and prophetically as "Edom" (a name that he acquired from the famous incident involving the sale of his birthright; see A Biography Of Jacob: The Birthright), Esau too became the father of a multitude of people (see The Nations Of Esau).
"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," so Esau settled in the area south of the Salt Sea / Dead Sea (see 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). 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.
The people of Israel and Esau each had their LORD-given lands that were sovereign in and of themselves. The LORD never thereafter left it up to them to change what He had declared for them. When the Kingdom of Judah fell, they were nevertheless going to return after the prescribed seventy-years exile (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah and How The Messianic Line Survived In Babylon). When the people of Esau decided that they were arrogantly going to seize Judah's territory for themselves, the LORD rebuked and stopped them.
"35:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
This Day In History, November 28
936: Shi Jingtang was proclaimed as the first emperor of the Later Jin Dynasty by Emperor Taizong of Liao, following a revolt against Emperor Fei of Later Tang.
1095: At the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II appointed Bishop Adhemar of Le Puy and Count Raymond IV of Toulouse to lead the First Crusade (there were actually many "crusades" before that; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1520: Off the southern tip of South America, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan passed through a strait from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. It is today know as the Strait of Magellan.
1660: Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray founded the Royal Society (full name "The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge"). The Society today serves as a scientific advisor to the British government.
1698: Louis Frontenac, governor of New France (at first, only what is today eastern Canada), died at age 78. Ignoring orders from his superiors, Frontenac pushed French exploration in the New World, establishing forts throughout North America, from Atlantic to Pacific, and south to Louisiana - an expansion that eventually led to conflict with the British for control of the north of the North American continent (the Spanish held most of the south of North America and South America).
1821: Panama joined Colombia after declaring independence from Spain.
1868: A major eruption of Sicily's Mount Etna.
1899: During the Second Boer War in South Africa, the British under Lord Methuen battled a force of 9,000 Boers (boer is the Dutch word for farmer) in the Battle of Modder River.
1905: In Dublin, the Irish Sinn Fein was founded.
1912: Albania declared its independence after over 400 years of Ottoman (Turkish) rule (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1941: The U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise left Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to deliver fighter planes to Wake Island, to the northwest of Hawaii, unaware that a Japanese attack force was approaching within striking distance from the north. In doing so, it barely missed being in the harbor during the Japanese attack which occurred only 9 days later. The attack on Pearl Harbor was just one of many Japanese near-simultaneous attacks on Australian, Dutch, British and U.S. targets all across the Pacific in December of 1941.
1943: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Britain's Winston Churchill, Russia's Joseph Stalin and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt met at the Tehran Conference in Iran.
1950: 200,000 North Korean troops launched an attack on South Korea.
1962: Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands died at age 82.
1971: The Prime Minister of Jordan, Wasfi Tell, was shot by "Black September" terrorists outside the Hilton Hotel in Cairo.
1979: An Air Zealand DC-10 flying from Auckland to the South Pole hit Mount Erebus in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.
1984: Over 250 years after his death, England's William Penn (Pennsylvania is named after him) was made an Honorary Citizen of the U.S. - although it's extremely unlikely that he would have accepted it if he were alive. Although Penn did much city building and political work in the colonies that England had created in the uninhabited wilderness, he did so in loyal patriotism to Britain and the King. Penn did not participate in or agree with the revolution - the reason that he returned to England where he lived the remainder of his life.
1989: With communism crumbling all across Europe, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced that it would surrender its monopoly on political power.
1991: South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia. Georgia was occupied by Soviet Russia in 1921, later becoming part of the Soviet Union as the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic until its own independence in 1991.