Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.
Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;
And Bashemath Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebajoth.
And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare Reuel;
And Aholibamah bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the land of Canaan. ~~ Genesis 36:1-5 (KJV)
These are the names the descendants of Esau and his wives. Notice that Esau’s wives are Adah, a Hittite; Oholibama, a Hivite; and Basemath, the daughter of his uncle Ishmael.
Remember God’s words about Ishmael? There will be enmity between Isaac and Ishmael. Since Isaac is God’s promised father of nations and Ishmael will also be a great nation, it is interesting that Esau’s wives are all from backgrounds antithetical to God’s chosen people.
The Edomites will continue to be hostile to God to the bitter end. This bad blood will be handed down from generation to generation, whether by DNA or by nurture and culture.
We can hand down our fictions, foibles and faithlessnesses to our children. We do it unthinkingly, carelessly, by not being purposeful in creating a model for them to follow.
Let us resolve to be more purposeful in leading our children to salvation under the blood of Christ. They should be the prime objects of our evangelistic efforts. And they are the witnesses we must impress with living the life of Christ.
Keep us ever mindful of the model we set for our children. Help us to show them faithfulness to You, love for You, and worship of You.
In Jesus’ most precious name.