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Old 10th January 2017, 04:21 PM
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Default Genesis 25

[Genesis 25]
{25:1} In truth, Abraham took another wife, named Keturah.
{25:2} And she bore to him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

Keturah, Abraham's wife after Sarah's death, had to be a young woman for she bore for him 6 more children, she was a fertile woman.

{25:3} Likewise, Jokshan conceived Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
{25:4} And truly, from Midian was born Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah.
{25:5} And Abraham gave everything that he possessed to Isaac.

Isaac was the son of the promise, given to Abraham by a miracle from God when Sarah was old and barren.

{25:6} But to the sons of the concubines he gave generous gifts, and he separated them from his son Isaac, while he still lived, toward the eastern region.
{25:7} Now the days of Abraham’s life were one hundred and seventy-five years.
{25:8} And declining, he died in a good old age, and at an advanced stage of life, and full of days. And he was gathered to his people.

Abraham, as well as all the Patriarchs of the O.T., could not go to Heaven (yet) for it was closed until the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ who opened the gates of Heavens after His redeeming Passion. Abraham went to a temporary place also known as "Limbo of the Fathers" or "Abraham's Bosom" (Luke 16:20-31) where the Patriarchs of the O.T. were living well but still without the Beatific Vision which can only be witnessed in Heaven, so when Christ went to this place as the Savior, He took them all these Patriarchs or souls dwelling in the Abraham's Bosom into Heaven (C.C.C. - 633).

{25:9} And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the double cave, which was situated in the field of Ephron, of the son of Zohar the Hittite, across from the region of Mamre,
{25:10} which he had bought from the sons of Heth. There he was buried, with his wife Sarah.
{25:11} And after his passing, God blessed his son Isaac, who lived near the well named ‘of the One who lives and who sees.’
{25:12} These are the generations of Ishmael, the son of Abraham, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to him.
{25:13} And these are the names of his sons according to their language and generations. The firstborn of Ishmael was Nebaioth, then Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
{25:14} likewise Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
{25:15} Hadad, and Tema, and Jetur, and Naphish, and Kedemah.
{25:16} These are the sons of Ishmael. And these are their names throughout their fortresses and towns: the twelve princes of their tribes.
{25:17} And the years of the life of Ishmael that passed were one hundred and thirty-seven. And declining, he died and was placed with his people.
{25:18} Now he had lived from Havilah as far as Shur, which overlooks Egypt as it approaches the Assyrians. He passed away in the sight of all his brothers.
{25:19} Likewise, these are the generations of Isaac, the son of Abraham. Abraham conceived Isaac,
{25:20} who, when he was forty years old, took Rebekah, the sister of Laban, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian from Mesopotamia, as a wife.

Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah who, as explained before, was a young woman. It seems that, during these times, the age of the men when marrying was not considerable while women usually married young as the case of the marriages of Abraham and Isaac.

{25:21} And Isaac beseeched the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. And he heard him, and he gave conception to Rebekah.
{25:22} But the little ones struggled in her womb. So she said, “If it was to be so with me, what need was there to conceive?” And she went to consult the Lord.

It's always be good to be prayerful in life, even during difficulties. Rebekah was a prayerful woman and consults the Lord what's going on in her womb.

{25:23} And responding, he said, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples will be divided out of your womb, and one people will overcome the other people, and the elder will serve the younger.”

It would seem as if these brothers were fighting even in their mother's womb.

{25:24} Now the time had arrived to give birth, and behold, twins were discovered in her womb.
{25:25} He who departed first was red, and entirely hairy like a pelt; and his name was called Esau. At once the other departed and he held his brother’s foot in his hand; and because of this he was called Jacob.

"The younger brother holding his older brother's foot", like "preventing the other to be born first". It may seem amusing the situation of these two brothers even as little ones.

{25:26} Isaac was sixty years old when the little ones were born to him.
{25:27} And as adults, Esau became a knowledgeable hunter and a man of agriculture, but Jacob, a simple man, dwelt in tents.
{25:28} Isaac was fond of Esau, because he was fed from his hunting; and Rebekah loved Jacob.
{25:29} Then Jacob boiled a small meal. Esau, when he had arrived weary from the field,
{25:30} said to him, “Give me this red stew, for I am very tired.” For this reason, his name was called Edom.
{25:31} Jacob said to him, “Sell me your right of the firstborn.”

Jacob wanted to be the first, he might have always been jealous of the primacy of his brother Esau.

{25:32} He answered, “Lo, I am dying, what will the right of the firstborn provide for me?”

Esau had his right of the firstborn for granted and did not value it as he should.

{25:33} Jacob said, “So then, swear to me.” Esau swore to him, and he sold his right of the firstborn.

Esau did not care or accepted his role with the firstborn right.

{25:34} And so, taking bread and the food of lentils, he ate, and he drank, and he went away, giving little weight to having sold the right of the firstborn.

So this precious right that Esau had, he sold it for some bread and food of lentils. He just wanted to fill up his belly but what he ignored it that this pleasure (of eating) is fleeting, momentarily, for he will get hungry again. The precious right that he had and sold was permanent, but unfortunately, he did not value it.
John 3:27; John 15:5; Matthew 19:26
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