My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter
of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah and the
granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite;
(Genesis 36:2 NASB)
These were the sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah
and the granddaughter of Zibeon: she bore to Esau, Jeush and Jalam and
(Genesis 36:14 NASB)
These are the sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah: chief Jeush, chief
Jalam, chief Korah. These are the chiefs descended from Esau’s wife
Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah.
(Genesis 36:18 NASB)
These are the children of Anah: Dishon, and Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah.
(Genesis 36:25 NASB)
Now these are the names of the chiefs descended from Esau, according to their families and their localities, by their names: chief Timna, chief Alvah, chief Jetheth,
(Genesis 36:40 NASB)
chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon,
(Genesis 36:41 NASB)
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
(Luke 14:11 NASB)
Often in scriptures we find something incredibly obscure. Here is
the name of a woman, Oholibamah, who has become fascinating to us
because of her name. But who in the world was she and what did she do?
The simple answer is that she was one of Esau's wives. The curiosity
comes in when she is listed in verses 40-41 as a chief. Why would a
woman be listed here among this list of men? Evidently this woman is
unusual for her day and carried with her some type of power or
authority. She is of a royal line and her name itself means "most high
tent" or "tent shrine."
Oholibamah has been lost to history. Searching the commentaries
the silence on the presence of this woman is deafening. Perhaps it was
assumed that there were two Oholibamah's in the same chapter, one who
was the wife of Esau and the other a man who was a royal -- a duke, a
chief, or a priest. However, that is highly unlikely and it is more
likely that she was both the wife of Esau and a royal leader of her day.
However, this is the way that God works. In Luke's Gospel we are told
that those who exalt themselves will be humbled, but those that are
humble will be exalted. Oholibamah has never been exalted, and more
than likely because of her gender has simply been ignored. But is there
more to the story?
In Matthew's genealogy of Jesus Christ we find another obscure woman,
Tamar. Tamar was an Edomite woman, who could have been from the very
line of Oholibamah. Therefore could this obscure woman, Oholibama, a
priestess, have actually been part of the line and seed of David that
would eventually give birth to the Messiah? Wouldn't it be just like
God to reach into history and take a person on the very margins and
exalt them?! How much more marginalized can you be? She is the wife of
Esau -- the "non-chosen" one. She is a woman. She is a leader when
she's not supposed to be one.
Oholibamah stood up and fulfilled the purposes which were laid out
for her in life, even when the odds were stacked against her. What we
know of her is that she must have been a woman of great character to
have been remembered as the "most high tent." Esau's very character is
changed when he meets with his brother years later. What kind of
influence may Oholibamah have had on her husband? He no longer sought
revenge, but peace with his brother and his brother's family. She
retained her royalty and royal character throughout her marriage and
motherhood, being listed as the leader of a royal clan. And yet,
history has forgotten her. Somehow, I don't think that God has!
When you feel lost and forgotten, remember that you are called to
simply be faithful. We are called to fulfill the purpose for which we
have been created and as we grow in the grace of God we are drawn to his
ultimate goal for us. It doesn't matter whether history records us, or
forgets us. God will never forget us, and if we are faithful, he can
do things in and through us that we would have never imagined. May
Oholibama be an example for us all.
Lord, my desire is to be faithful to you this day and every day. Please, lead me. Amen.