Genesis 25: The next generation

June 25, 2023 ·

Summary:
Abraham dies, not before having another wife Keturah, and a bunch of other sons. Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac, and was buried by his sons, Isaac and Ishmael, in the cave at Memre with his wife Sarah. Ishmael had a bunch of sons. 

Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, was barren, but God opened her, and she had twins, which God said would become two nations. The twins were Jacob and Esau, and they fought a lot. Esau (firstborn) was Dad’s boy, and became a hunter; Jacob was a mummy’s boy, and was quiet and hung around the tents. One day Esau (also known as Edom) got really really hungry, and asked Jacob for some of his stew, but Jacob said “Only if you give me your birthright”, so Esau gave Jacob his birthright. 

Key verse: 

23. 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. 

My thoughts:
This is the middle of Genesis, and marks a significant change of focus from Abraham (the originator of God’s promise) to his sons. 

Neither Isaac nor Jacob were the firstborn, but God blessing still was on them. Abraham himself may not have been the firstborn either. 

Esau did not place much value on his birthright, ultimately handing it over for a bowl of soup. Jacob was a cunning deceiver and most of the narrative of Jacob’s early years are about his winning of the birthright through deception. 

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