34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: 35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.
Isaac had seen strife and contention in digging his father’s old wells to find water, yet he had not given up his search for “living water” and was blessed by not giving up. He had finally found his “Rehoboth” and his life had made an impact even on the Philistine king.
But that didn’t mean that he wouldn’t have troubles because even his son Esau gave him grief by taking not one but two pagan wives. This was a result of Esau being desperate to make his parents pay for something that they really had no hand in doing. This had all been decided before his birth but it seems that their grief would have to work for now.
What is interesting to note is that his actions do have a lasting impact on the relationship with his father’s people. Probably way more that he would have ever thought.
Esau became Edom, and his descendants became the natural enemy of Jacob or Israel.
Even in the time of Jesus, some 1800 years later, the hated King Herod was actually a descendant of Esau and we know what trouble he caused for Israel.
Also a majority of the Arab people are indirect descendants of Esau, so he succeeded in his plan.
You, like Isaac, may be in the place of blessing; you might be seeing the result of living water in your life through the impact of your life. But we must also be prepared for the strife that this will bring because it will come at us from all sides and maybe from those closest to us and especially from the world around us.
Don’t give up though because the One who called you will sustain you.
For now Esau is far from through trying to make his parents grieve through his actions. In chapter 27 we will see even more strife and contention being brought on by everyone’s actions.