Genesis Revealed

Lesson 8–Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

Genesis 36:1,43

Now this is the genealogy of Esau, who is Edom. (All the begets starting with Edom)

ALL THE BEGETS Gen. 36:1-43

Summary Gen 36:1-43

Esau’s descendants.



A.The final separation of Esau from his brother, Jacob, is written in Verses 6-8.

(Gen 36:6-8)  And Esau took his wives and his sons and his daughters, and all the souls of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance which he had gotten in the land of Canaan, and went into the country away from the face of his brother Jacob. For their riches were more than that they might dwell together. And the land of their travels could not bear them because of their cattle. And Esau lived in Mount Seir. Esau is Edom.

B.The Ishmaelites had kings long before there was a king in Israel. Verse 31-39

(Gen 36:31-39) And these were the kings that reigned in the land of Edom before the reigning of a king over the sons of Israel. And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom. And the name of his city was Dinhabah. And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah, from Bozrah, reigned in his place . And Jobab died, and Husham from the land of the Temanites reigned in his place. And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the field of Moab reigned in his place. And the name of his city was Avith. And Hadad died, and Samlah from Masrekah reigned in his place. And Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth by the river reigned in his place. And Shaul died, and Baalhanan the son of Achbor reigned in his place. And Baalhanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his place. And the name of his city was Pau. And his wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.

C. The nation descended from Ishmael was Edom, and they lived in the high country of Seir.



Gen. 36:43 Chief Magdiel, and Chief Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their dwelling places in the land of their possession. Esau was the father of the Edomites

The Edomites:

Anah (Gen_26:34; Gen_36:2), when she became the wife of Esau. A district among the mountains of Edom, probably near Mount Hor, was called after her name, or it may be that she received her name from the district. From her descended three tribes of Edomites, founded by her three sons.

The name “Edom” comes from a Semitic word meaning “red,” and the land south of the Dead Sea was given that name because of the red sandstone so prominent in the topography. Esau, because of the soup for which he traded his birthright, became known as Edom, and later moved his family into the hill country of the same name.

Genesis 36 recounts the early history of the Edomites, stating that they had kings reigning over them long before Israel had a king (Genesis 36:31). The religion of the Edomites was similar to that of other pagan societies who worshiped fertility gods.  The Rome and Ephesus did as well.


Esau’s descendants eventually dominated the southern lands and made their living by agriculture and trade. One of the ancient trade routes, the King’s Highway (Numbers 20:17) passed through Edom, and when the Israelites requested permission to use the route on their exodus from Egypt, they were rejected by force.

Beginnings of Arab and Israel

As a Conclusion of Lesson 8:

Jacob’s Ladder/ Gate of Heaven Prophetically
Genesis 28:17 says, “And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”
In this case, the gate of heaven was described as “a ladder, set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” [28:12] From earth. To heaven. The house of God is the gate of heaven. Hmmm.
Principle: the house of God is the gate of heaven. It is specifically the means of accessing heaven from earth.
I Corinthians 3:16 (or 6:19) declares that in our day, the house of God [the “temple” of God, the habitation of God] is you. Well, and me. We are – specifically, our bodies are – the temple, the dwelling place of God.


Therefore (and this might stretch you as much as it stretches me): you are a gate of heaven. Note: not a gate “to heaven,” but “of heaven.” There’s a difference.
In Jacob’s vocabulary, there is “a ladder, set up IN YOU, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.”
So I’ve been reflecting on what it means that I am a “gate of heaven.”
·         For people who don’t have any other access, I am an access point to Heaven. Like Jacob, I can be sound asleep or like Jesus, I can be fully awake and aware of what’s going on. Your choice.I’ve done both.
·         I can, myself, access heaven. I can take day trips there. (John 3:13: “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.” Jesus is announcing that, as early as John 3, he has taken day trips to heaven. Jesus is sthe pattern Son. As He is so am I.

 ·         Heaven also has access to earth through you. But (“set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven”) it takes my initiative on Earth to release Heaven.
·         If my NT “gate of heaven” is like Jacob’s OT “gate of heaven” , then angels have access from heaven to earth, and from earth to heaven  and I have access to heaven.
If nothing else, this perspective requires that I take seriously my role as a son of the Kingdom, as a “king and priest” [Revelation 1:6 & 5:10] of our God.

Psalm 24:7

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.


Psalm 24:9

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Psalm 100:4

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Psalm 118:19

Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:

 Some other Info:

3 Major Religion Beginnings- Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Messianic Prophecies

Gen.26:2-5.The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer.Heb.11:18

(Heb 11:18)  of whom it was said that in Isaac your Seed shall be called,


           Restoration of All Things (Act 3:21) Whom (Jesus) the heaven must retain until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.



                    (Abraham) FAMILY


             (Noah)          PLAN


      (Adam)             FORGIVENESS



We will continue with lesson 9 next week.


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