Saturday, 20 November 2010
On Christ's Side and on His Throne; Genesis 36
"These were dukes of the sons of Esau ... ... he is Esau the father of the Edomites" (Genesis 36:15, 43).
Respecting the title here; see Genesis 27:40.
Reader! observe that while Jacob's children were husbandmen, Esau's race were nobles.
And yet what said God?
See Malachi 1:2.
But how sure that promise, Isaiah 56:5?
1 Chronicles 1:43 ff - From dukes the seed of Esau advance to kings.
But all the while are rejected from the covenant of promise. Psalm 72:17.
There is much spiritual improvement to be drawn from the perusal of this chapter by every gracious soul, when God the Holy Ghost awakens the heart to the observation.
Jacob's seed, no doubt, while they were bond slaves in Egypt felt their misery the more, while calling to mind the splendour of Esau's race in Edom.
But how mistaken are our views of things, and what false calculations do we make in our estimation of happiness.
• Esau's children were great indeed among men.
• But the seed of Jacob were beloved in the sight of God.
Jesus hath made them kings and priests to God and the Father, and they shall reign with Him for ever.
Dear Lord! give me that sweet promise and I ask no more.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me on My throne; Revelation 3:21.