Genesis 25 – January 25
Welcome to our online study in Genesis. Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
The Death of Abraham
Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. 3 Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.
5 Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. 6 But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.
7 Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. 8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. 9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.
12 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.
13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps. 17 Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. 18 His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them.
Jacob and Esau
19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.
Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.
21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
23 The Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”
24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.
27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
Praying through Marriage | Becky Newman
Isaac and Rebekah had a strong loving marriage, humbly placed under God. Not a perfect marriage, but we’ll get to that later this week. Isaac’s trust in God likely stemmed from watching his dad — Isaac was tied up on that altar a few days ago in our reading, and Isaac watched terrified and experienced Abraham trusting God to provide a sacrificial lamb, and He did. The union of Isaac and Rebekah was God-ordained, even her parents realized it (verse 24:50); God told Abraham His plan, and then He executed it through Abraham, the servant, Rebekah, her family, and then Isaac. It was a sacred lineage, and God had a stake in keeping it that way to prepare the hallowed ground for His son Jesus coming from it. My Bible notes that their marriage was monogamous, as God intended marriage to be. Verse 21 shows Isaac’s trust in the power of prayer and the Lord and his love for his wife. He wasn’t as quick as his dad to go about this numerous descendants thing on his own; he patiently waited for 20 years, for God’s timing and God’s plan for His sacred lineage, and from Isaac’s offspring would come God’s chosen people, the Israelites.
How Isaac and Rebekah interact in today’s reading is a beautiful example of what God wants marriage to look like. Isaac knew and shared Rebekah’s concern about being childless for the first 20 years of their marriage, but it does not say he showed her less respect for it, nor did he use one of her servants to have offspring. Instead, he took it to God, laid it at His feet, and then trusted that God would answer this prayer. And He did.
God, You are the Lord of my marriage. I pray for my marriage; please continue to strengthen it day by day. Help my husband and I to share in life and pray for one another, expecting answered prayers. Help us to follow Your plan and not muck it up trying to go our own ways.
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