Esau and the wealth of Edom (Ge.36)
Wealth is indeed a blessing from God. Glory of God has given the earth a form and man can seek out Power and Wisdom from invisible things of God as Nature responds to the glory from above. A lowly species shall find its niche and prosper, and likewise man shall find the means to make a living. Power and Wisdom when translated into human scale also hold power and know-how for finding needful things in life. That is God’s blessing with which every life form moves forward.
When Isaac blessed Esau, ‘thy shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above, and by the sword shalt thou live…(Ge.39-40)’he meant well.
Esau had no need for distress since fatness of the earth meant wealth. He settled in a part of the Negeb area. His descendants taking possession of strategic points of the ancient caravan route would rake in profits from every merchant that passed along. They were basically middlemen between Arabia and Phoenicia. They were the envy of the Israel on account of their impregnable position that had resisted for long domination from other kingdoms. On the other hand Isaac’s blessing for Jacob went thus, “See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed; therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth…” Wealth when given by God is different from wealth what man may amass without God.