Tuesday, October 13, 2015


After Jacob brought his family and goods from his twenty years serving his uncle Laban, he had another relative to encounter before he could be at peace in his new home in Canaan. Esau his brother had sworn an oath to kill Jacob. For fear of Esau Jacob wrestled all night with a man from the LORD, until he would bless him. This is a type of our diligently seeking the LORD in prayer, until we have a breakthrough and feel a release and blessing from God. Jacob's thigh was out of joint as a reminder of this encounter. He was given a new name, Israel, with the blessings of Abraham and his father Isaac of an abundance of offspring and a promise land in Canaan. His fear of meeting Esau turned out to be a blessed reunion of two brothers. This is what we all want, love between brothers and relatives; this often requires prayer.
Gen 36:8  Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.
When Esau was born he was hairy and red. Edom means red.
Gen 25:30  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.
Esau had little care for anything but his lusts. He gave away his birthright for a bowl of red stew.
Gen 25:30  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.

The descendants of Edom became the enemies of Israel. When Israel was led out of Egypt, they sought permission to pass through Edom and Edom sent out troops against them.
At another point in history when David was fleeing from wicked king Saul, he was seen by Doeg an Edomite who told Saul of the priest offering David old showbread. Doeg then slew all the priests of Israel but one who escaped.
1Sa 22:18  And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.
God loved Esau less than Jacob, because Esau was against Jacob.

Mal 1:1  The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
Mal 1:2  I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
Mal 1:3  And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
Mal 1:4  Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.
Any people who hates Israel must contend with the God of Israel. They shall build, but God will throw down. A nation cannot build and grow if they refuse God and make Israel an enemy. LORD help our nation to return to you. It is my prayer that you will continue to bless our nation and guide it bringing new leadership of men who fear you and serve you. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem, Amen.

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