A Boring Bit of the Bible?

Well, this list of strange names in Genesis 36 is not riveting! I usually skip these when reading through Scripture. But even this text is “God breathed and useful” (2 Timothy 3.16). These were great names of their day, yet today we can’t even pronounce them.  How short and unnoticed a life can be. History is vital to the people of God; it is His story of His world. We see that Esau’s personal decision to turn from God launches a whole nation that does not know Him! But God knows even their names. They are outside of His Covenant, but not his compassion. They are made in His image, and potentially reachable with the Gospel – if we cared to reach out to them. “Saviors shall go up to Mount Zion to rule Mount Esau, and the kingdom shall be the LORD's” (Obadiah 21).