I can’t say I remember this part of the story in Sunday School as a kid. The teachers skipped it for a good reason too. We wouldn’t have understood. But as you get older, you understand. I’m talking about the last two verses of Genesis 26. Almost as an after thought, we read that Esau married two Hittites and they were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah. Now, no mother-in-law or father-in-law need say “Amen,” but perhaps many want to agree.
Now, here’s what I think is going on to cause the grief. These Hittite women were not followers of the God of Abraham and Isaac. Though God would give this law a little later, we observe in these chapters today that Esau did not make the best choices in life. He chose on the basis of immediate gratification rather than long term satisfaction. Remember it was a one-time meal that caused him to give his birthright to his brother.
If your children have married, you are stuck. Pray every day and make the best of every day. You will be glad you did. If you have children yet to marry, pray every day that they will learn to make wise choices so that when that time comes to make one of life’s ultimate choices they will choose according to God’s standards and not the standards of the world.
You can listen to additional messages by Steve on the book of Genesis at www.fbclaf.org/genesis.