Genesis 28:1-9 (KJV) gives the account of Isaac, calling and blessing Jacob, and requesting that he did not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. Instead, Isaac sends him off to his father-in -law’s house (the house of Bethuel). He asks Jacob to go to Padanaram where Betheul and his son, Laban lived and asked Jacob that he married one of Laban’s daughters. Then he blesses Jacob with the blessing of Abraham and sent him away.
Now when Esau had seen that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and learned of his father’s request of Jacob to not marry a daughter of the Canaanites, knowing that the daughters of Canaan did not please Isaac, his father, went to Ishmael and willfully disobeyed his father, taking not one but two wives from his uncle Ishmael’s daughters. This gives insight into how much Esau despised spiritual things, once again gratifying his fleshly desires, over the matters of the Spirit.
Points to ponder:
Before we end up judging Esau for his worldly ways, let us take a moment to introspect, for many a times, I find myself to be willfully disobedient to God and his Holy Spirit; in union with the world in more than one way. Jacob obeyed his father unlike his brother Esau. Let us not be willfully disobedient gratifying the desires of our flesh, but instead let us submit to the Holy Spirit and to the will of God, the Father.
Genesis 28:1-9 (KJV)
1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughers of Canaan;
7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;
8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.