Archive for June 17th, 2014

Genesis 25

In Genesis 25, Abraham takes another wife after Sarah dies, and has six more sons.  But “Abraham gave all he had to Isaac”.  Isaac was God’s answer to the covenant that God made with Abraham.  He lived out his life til he was 175 years old, and then died. “Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him….with Sarah his wife”.  He was buried in the same cave he had been given much earlier.  “After the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac his son”.  God is keeping His covenant with Abraham to make Isaac the father of a multitude.

Ishmael, the first son of Abraham, has a dozen sons and lived 137 years.  Isaac was 40 when he took Rebekah to be his wife.  “Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived”.  Think God doesn’t answer prayer?  He did for Abraham with Sarah, and now with Isaac and Rebekah.  Not only did God answer their prayer, He gives her twins and says “two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be divided”.

So Rebekah goes through her pregnancy knowing there were two within her.  But she has no idea of how the birth would occur.  “When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb”.   God sets up the next part of creating the multitude He promised to Abraham.  “The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob”.  Two boys, one following the other with his hand on his brother’s heel, which sets up the relationship they’ll have for years to come.

Isaac loved Esau who was an outdoorsman while Rebekah was partial to Jacob.  Esau comes in after one of his days and Jacob was cooking stew and sees an opportunity to take advantage of his brother’s hunger.  Esau wants some stew.  Jacob offers him a trade.  “Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright”.  And so the saga begins between the two brothers.  And mother will be involved as it all plays out in the years ahead.

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