Genesis Chapters 25 & 26

Day 27 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Still a little behind of where we are supposed to be, but we’ll catch up next week.

Gen 25 – Abraham took another wife, named Keturah.  She bore him 6 children.  It goes through naming descendants.  When Abraham died, he left everything to Isaac.  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.  Abraham lived a total of 175 years.  His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah.  After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac.

It goes through naming Ishmael’s sons.  His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the border of Egypt.  They lived in hostility toward all their brothers.

Jacob and Esau were non identical twin brothers (born to Isaac and Rebekah) but Esau was born first, just immediately before Jacob, as Jacob was grasping Esau’s heel on the way out.  Esau came home from hunting one day so very hungry and begging for lentil stew that Jacob had just fixed.  Jacob told him to swear that he’d give up his birthright for the stew before he’d hand it over.  Esau said, “What good is the birthright to me?”  So he swore and oath and sold his birthright to Jacob.  Oh, what a man will do in the throws of hunger.  Stupid man.

Chapter 26 – There was a famine in the land–besides the earlier famine of Abraham’s time–and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar.  The LORD appeared to Isaac and told him not to go to Egypt; to live in the land where God told him to live.  God promised he would be with him and bless him.  So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he basically repeated history of what Abraham did with Sarah, saying she was his sister.  But Abimelech saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah and called him out on it.  So Abmimelech ordered no harm to come to Isaac or Rebekah.  Isaac planted crops in that land and the Lord blessed him.  He became rich and powerful so much so that the Philistines envied him.  The Philistines stopped up all the wells that Abraham’s servants had dug earlier and Abimelech told Isaac to move away; that he had become too powerful for them.  So, he moved to the Valley of Gerar, there was quarreling, blah, blah, blah, but eventually, his servants found water.  Abimelech paid him a visit, because he saw that the Lord was with him and they made a treaty, swore and oath and were peaceful with each other.  And at the end of this chapter, for some reason (I didn’t see that it fit here, but okay), it is said that when Esau was 40, he married 2 chicks and they were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.

And that’s all for tonight, folks.  We have both had a long day and are ready to sit down and watch some Vampire Diaries.  Oh yeah!

Vaya con Dios (Go with God)

*squishy hug*

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Author: Carol B Sessums

Writer, Editor, Coffee Addict, Lover of Mountains. Lives to shrink the planet, one story and connection at a time.

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