Genesis 25

Genesis 25 has a few interesting facts I had forgotten.  It begins when Abraham “married a second time”.  Totally had forgotten that he had another entire family with his second wife Keturah.  He lived to be 175 years old and the thing that stands out are these three simple words: “He died happy”.  How many people end life that way?  Really dying happy?  So many get to the end of life and are filled with things they wish they would have done, or maybe wish they wouldn’t have done.  So many don’t end their time on earth happy.  In fact, I am convinced many never really find happiness at all.  A big part of the problem is they look for it in the wrong place – themselves.  We will never find it if we think me, or any other person for that matter, is the source of happiness.  God alone can fill the desires of our heart.  He alone is worthy and able to fulfill our wants and needs.  Yet so often He is the last place, if ever, people go for their happiness.  Abraham is buried in the cave he purchased to bury Sarah.  And God is faithful to His promise – scripture tells us “God blessed his son Isaac”.  What a legacy – to live in a way that God’s blessings flow to his son.  The power of legacy is never seen more fully than in the life of Abraham.  Ishmael is also talked about in this chapter.  His descendents “didn’t get along with any of their kin”.  A lot of legacy involved with him as well.

But the rest of the story involves Isaac and his family.  Rebekah was not getting pregnant, so scripture tells us that “Isaac prayed hard”.  Have you prayed hard?  Have you really poured your heart out to God about anything lately?  God desires to hear the prayers of our heart, but He wants us to really express ourselves through those prayers.  God answers Isaac’s prayer and Rebekah gets pregnant with twins.  You may recall the story of Esau and Jacob.  Two boys who really were very different.  Isaac loved Esau, Rebekah favored Jacob.  And Esau traded his birthright as firstborn for a bowl of stew and some bread.  Remember?  Scripture says it this way: “On oath Esau traded away his rights as the firstborn”.  Talk about letting a little physical discomfort drive one to make a very poor decision.  Birthright was a big deal in the day.  And Esau just let it go because he was hungry.  Much more about the impact of that decision in the coming days.  Suffice it to say that when we let things like that drive our behavior, it is likely not to be a good decision process. 

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