Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Esau’s Sons - Genesis 36:4-5

And Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, and Basemath bore Reuel, and Oholibamah bore Jeush and Jalam and Korah. These are the sons of Esau who were born to him in the land of Canaan.

These two verses name the five sons of Esau through his three wives. A closer study of each yields the following information:

Eliphaz is translated as “my God is (fine) gold”, or “to whom God is strength”. Reuel or Raguel is translated as “a friend of God”. Jeush is translated “assembler” or “whom God hastens”. Jalam or Jalaam is translated as “concealed” or “he whom God hides”. And Korah is simply translated “bald”.

Interesting that at least four out of the five sons of Esau were all given names related to the family’s strong belief in God. There are two things we can think about here. First, how do we go about naming our children these days? Secondly, while God’s promise to Abraham may have come through Jacob’s branch of the family, it is clear that Esau’s branch, at least to this point, still was deeply rooted in a belief in God.

As we watch the world conflicts today between Jew and Arab, we can see that strong belief at play as the Muslims everywhere communicate on their mosques, “None to be worshipped but Allah”.

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