Genesis 28:6
Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him to Paddan-aram to take a wife there, commanding him, "Do not marry a Canaanite woman,"
Sermons
Life With, and Life Without, GodR.A. Redford Genesis 28:1-9
Esau, the Type of Worldliness and HypocrisyT. H. Leale.Genesis 28:6-9
LessonsG. Hughes, B. D.Genesis 28:6-9
Mistaken ImitationA. Fuller.Genesis 28:6-9
The divergence of the two representative men is seen in this short statement of their marriage relations.

1. Domestic life under the blessing of God and apart from that blessing.

2. The true blessing is the blessing of Abraham, the blessing which God has already provided, promised, and secured.

3. The heir of the blessing must be sent away and learn by experience how to use it.

4. The disinherited man, who has scorned his opportunity, cannot recover it by his own devices. Esau is still Esau. Polygamy was suffered, but never had the blessing of God upon it. - R.







Then went Esau unto Ishmael.
I. HIS CONDUCT WAS MERCENARY.

II. HIS CONDUCT WAS ONE-SIDED.

III. HIS CONDUCT WAS FRAMED BY THE PRINCIPLE OF IMITATION.

(T. H. Leale.)

1. Hypocrites hearing of blessing upon others, pretend to make to it as well as any.

2. Hypocrites hearing God's charge to accompany His blessing, would seem to observe it (ver. 6).

3. Hypocrites seeing the obedience of saints, would seem to imitate it (ver. 7).

4. Hypocrites perceiving what is displeasing to God and His servants, would seem to avoid it (ver. 8).

5. Hypocrites in all their pretences for God, take their own ways without His counsel.

6. Hypocrites in all their pretended imitations of the saints do but add sin to sin (ver. 9).

(G. Hughes, B. D.)

See what awkward work is made when men go about to please others, and promote their worldly interests, by imitating that in which they have no delight. Ignorance and error mark every step they take, Esau was in no need of a wife. His parents would not be gratified by his connection with the apostate family of Ishmael. In short, he is out in all his calculations; nor can he discover the principles which influence those who fear the Lord. Thus have we often seen men try to imitate religious people for the sake of gaining esteem, or some way promoting their selfish ends; but instead of succeeding they have commonly made bad worse. That which to a right mind is as plain as the most public highway, to a mind perverted shall appear full of difficulties. "The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city" (Ecclesiastes 10:15).

(A. Fuller.)

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