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Saturday, September 22 2018
A Bible Journey, 36: The Kingdoms of Esau
"These are the generations of Esau their father"
The word "king" means father of a kin. It originated as a family, not a political, title. It's the reason that some "nations" originated and grew from family camps, to cities, to sovereign territories ("country" means the territory, while "nation" means the people).
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 A Bible Journey, 27: The Blessing And Birthright From Esau To Jacob), 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). 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 fine 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 nation 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
This Day In History, September 22
904: The Chinese warlord Zhu Quanzhong executed Emperor Zhaozong after seizing control of the imperial government.
1499: The Peace of Basel ended the Swiss (also known as the Swabian War) between the Holy Roman emperor Maximilian I and the Swiss Confederation.
1530: The first version of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession was presented to Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) after the Emperor had declared that the Confutation (August 3 1530) prepared by the Catholic theologians to refute the Augsburg Confession (June 25 1530) properly presented his Catholic faith. The Emperor demanded that the reformers return to the Catholic church and refused to accept the Apology when it was presented to him. See Emperors and Popes to understand that emperors always (past and yet future) claimed superiority to popes (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1556: Johann Agricola died at age 72. The "protestant" reformer, a friend of Martin Luther (he convinced Luther to study Roman theology instead of medicine) was an advocate of antinomianism (anti = "against", nomos = "law") - a Satanic blasphemy that falsely claims that Christians are "freed by grace" from the need to obey The Ten Commandments (see Antinomianism).
1692: The last official executions for witchcraft (see What Is Sorcery?) in Massachusetts. During the Salem Witch Trials, 8 people who been falsely accused of witchcraft were hung, bringing to a total of 13 women and 7 men who were put to death over the course of the brief witch-hunt era (see also What Does Wicked Mean? to understand how the word for witchcraft, wicca, is the same as the word for those who make false accusations against innocent people).
1761: George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were crowned King and Queen of Great Britain.
1784: A Russian colony was established in Alaska. Russia sold the territory to the U.S. in 1867.
1862: Abraham Lincoln issued his first Emancipation Proclamation attempt to free U.S. slaves.
1888: The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published.
1896: Queen Victoria surpassed King George III (her grandfather) as the longest reigning monarch in British history. Queen Victoria reigned 63 years and 7 months. Queen Elizabeth II, the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, became the longest reigning in British history in 2015.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the German submarine SM U-9 torpedoed and sank the British cruisers, HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy on the Broad Fourteens off the Dutch coast. Over 1,400 men were lost.
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?), British forces in Israel (then known as "Palestine," an English rendering of "Philistine") captured Nazareth and Haifa from the Ottoman (Turkish) forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1949: The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb, ending the U.S. monopoly of atomic weapons (see Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1965: The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 (also known as the Second Kashmir War) between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, ended with a UN sponsored cease-fire.
1975: Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.
1980: Polish workers won the right to form independent unions, from which came the Solidarity movement with Lech Walesa as its elected leader.
1980: The Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war.
1991: The Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to public viewing for the first time (listen to our Sermon The Dead Sea Scrolls).
2011: CERN scientists claimed a discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light.