6 Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,” 7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram.
It is amazing how you can obey and be blessed and then again how you can partially obey and not be blessed.This was the case for Jacob and Esau as Jacob obeyed and Esau only obeyed somewhat after he had married two Canaanite women. Jacob did leave and went to Paddan Aram where he met his uncle Laban. There, because of Laban’s deception, he would marry first Leah and then Rachel. Esau also married a woman who was not a Canaanite
8 Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; 9 so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.
Scripture makes it exceedingly clear Esau’s marriages to the two Canaanite women greatly disappointed his parents as we learn in Genesis 26:34-35 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah. He married Mahalath thirty-seven years later. Many extra-biblical sources believe Esau was forgiven of his sins by marrying Mahalath whose name means forgiveness. I don’t know if that is true or not, but find it difficult to believe as his marriage to Mahalath was 37 years later and he never gave up his two unbelieving wives indicating a lack of sincerity. Still, you may read about the possibility here and here and here. The last link provided even supposes his marriage was part of an evil plot to regain all he had lost to his brother.
Even with his uncle Laban’s deception resulting in Jacob’s marriage to Leah when he believed he was marrying Rachel. Nonetheless, Jacob remained an additional seven years to obtain Rachel’s hand in marriage as well.
Seven additional years. Great faith and even then his uncle sought to deceive him once again, but he was prepared and escaped.
Both Esau and Jacob were blessed, but Jacob’s blessing were obviously greater as he obeyed his parents’ wishes concerning who and how he was to marry. Sometimes we look and see those around us who seem to have it all even though they are not following and obeying God. Sometimes it is difficult, but we need to always remind ourselves our true rewards are not here on earth, but in heaven.
It’s Friday and I hope you have a Great Weekend and remember to Go To Church. Enjoy the fellowship of corporate prayer, praise and worship, and the study of God’s Word.