Genesis 25 (ESV)
Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. 5 Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. 6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country. 7 These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life, 175 years. 8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9 Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, 10 the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife. 11 After the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac settled at Beer-lahai-roi . . . Continue Reading
After Sarah died, Abraham took another wife (Keturah) who bore him six children. He lived a total of 175 years. The last we heard about Ishmael was back in Genesis 25 but now he and Isaac are together to bury their father in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron that Abraham purchased to bury Sarah.
It’s interesting to read how Rebekah, like Sarah, was barren and Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife. Surely Isaac knew that God was behind his birth so he turns to God for help and the Lord answers his prayer – with a double portion named Esau and Jacob!
Isaac knows the past, knows the history of his father and the Lord, the miracle of his own birth and he seeks the Lord for help in his own time of need.
The story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob for some lentil stew at end of this chapter is interesting to say the least. Esau may have been a skilled hunter and a “man of the field” but he was certainly not skilled in negotiating – or making himself something to eat!
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,