Genesis 25

Genesis 25 begins with the statement that “Abraham took another wife”.  And from that wife – Keturah – another 6 sons were born.  The information on this revelation seems to lead to the question of whether the timeline is really in the order scriptures lists this wife.  Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born, and scripture tells us that it took God’s miracle to make that happen.  So speculation in that this series of children were likely born prior to that birth – one of those questions we can ask God when we get to heaven.  We do learn that “Abraham gave all he had to Isaac”.  The plan of God is in place.  Isaac is the central figure in the story.  Abraham dies at age 175 and is buried with Sarah.  And “God blessed Isaac his son”. 

Ishmael has a dozen sons and lived until 137 years of age.  But Isaac struggles to have children.  He married Rebekah when he was 40 years old.  Things were not working so “Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren”.  He couldn’t go to the fertility doctors or other specialists in his day – there weren’t any.  He had only one option – to seek God’s power so he prayed for God to move.  Is that what we do when we are up against a difficult situation – take it to God?  Definitely a lesson for us here – carry it to God first.  Isaac did, and “the Lord granted his prayer”.  God is in the business of answering prayer.  He is still in the miracle business.  Same God, same power, same love for us.

Rebekah is pregnant and she has a rough pregnancy.  The womb is really active – it had to be an uncomfortable situation.  She goes to God to find out what is going on inside her body.  “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger”.  Lot’s of families experience struggles between kids in this world – but this struggle started way early – in the womb.  And it really plays itself out in the years ahead.  Isaac was 60 when these boys were born – so they tried for 20 years to have children before God caused it to happen.  That is patience and staying the course.  Sometimes we just need to wait on God’s time!

Rebekah gave birth to twins – Esau first – a skillful hunter who was loved by Esau.  Right on his heels came Jacob.  In fact, scripture tells us he “came out with his hand holding Esau’s heel”.  Jacob was a quiet man – dwelling in tents – who was loved by Rebekah.  So we have twin brothers with very different skills and who were favorites to different parents.  The chapter ends with the story of Esau coming in from his field to find Jacob cooking stew.  Esau was starving and wants some of the food – but Jacob takes the opportunity to make a trade.  He offers to give Esau stew in exchange for his birthright.  That was the standing the oldest had in the family to the future.  Esau was definitely driven by the moment: “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me”?  Of course he really isn’t about to die – but he allowed his immediate desires to drive him to make a very stupid decision – a choice to sell his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew.  That is what many of us do in life – we allow the immediate to drive us to make choices that have much longer impact.  What we do and how we choose matters much.  We must do it wisely!

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  1. Posted by Brad Kowerchuk on June 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Did people in bible times really live so long? Was time measured differently back then? How might we answer the above questions affirmatively by looking at the flood account (very precise in counting “days” in a way similar to now), and also by looking at the archeological discoveries that confirm Bible descriptions of peoples, places and events?

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  5. Posted by Pop on July 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Yes they lived that long. Remember it didn’t rain, there was a covering of some sort in the atmosphere. The first rain was for Noah, and that’s when life got briefer. Atmospheric conditions through the grace of God allowed longer life. If you run the references you’ll see that Methusalah probably was killed in the flood or may have lived longer…ah but I ramble. Yes they lived longer.

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