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GENESIS
Chapter 25
Commentary
The twenty-fourth chapter of Genesis contained the narrative of the obtaining of Rebekah as the wife of
Isaac. The oldest servant of Abraham is commanded to go to Mesopotamia to obtain a wife of Abraham's
relatives for Isaac, and an oath is exacted to confirm his mission. Upon a prayer to Jehovah, Rebekah appears
in answer to it before the servant even finishes it. He then returns to the land of his master and Isaac takes
Rebekah to be his wife and loves her.

ABRAHAM MARRIES AGAIN

Following the marriage of Isaac to Rebekah, Abraham married Keturah, who born him six sons.

ABRAHAM DIES

Abraham, before he died, gave gifts unto his sons by the concubines and sent them away. They were not to
be heirs with Isaac, unto whom he gave all he had. Abraham then died in his one hundred, forty-fifth year.
Isaac buried him in the cave of Machpelah with Sarah.

ISHMAEL'S LINEAGE

The sons of Ishmael are recorded here
"by their towns, and by their castles (encampments -- ASV); twelve
princes according to their nations."
 Remember the purpose of Genesis -- to recount the origin of Israel and
the nations with whom they would have to deal with in the Promised Land. Thus, they are introduced to
nations from the loins of Ishmael.

THE BIRTH OF JACOB AND ESAU

When Isaac took Rebekah to be his wife at the ge of forty, she was barren. Isaac, therefore, prayed unto God
that she should conceive. When Isaac was sixty, his prayer was answered; Rebekah conceived.

Not only did Rebekah conceive, she conceived twins. There was a struggle between the children in the womb
which caused their mother to ask Jehovah why this was.
"And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in
thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and one people shall be stronger
than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger."

When the twins were born, the first was red and hairy and named Esau; and, the second had ahold of the
first's heel and was named Jacob.

THE SALE OF THE BIRTHRIGHT

Not only were Esau and Jacob different in their appearance, they were also idfferent personalities. Jacob was
a plain man who dwelt in tents, while Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field. Thus, Rebekah loved
Jacob and Isaac loved Esau.

One day Esau had gone to the field to hunt and Jacob made some stew. When Esau returned from the field he
was "about starved to death," or so he thought. He asked Jacob
"for some of the pottage to eat." Jacob then
offered the pottage in exchange for Esau's birthright. Esau, over exaggerating his  hunger, sold his birthright for
the pottage.
"... thus Esau despised his birthright."

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou
the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he
chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as
with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof
all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which
corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of
spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit,
that we might be partakers of his holiness.  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but
grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are
exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight
paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace
with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail
of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest
there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye
know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no
place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. {place...: or, way to change his mind}
(Hebrews 12:5-17 KJV)

QUESTIONS

1. Whom did Abraham marry after the death of Sarah?
2. What were the names of the six sons of Abraham by his second wife?
3. How did Abraham divide the spoils of his inheritance?
4. How old was Abraham when he died?
5. Why is it important that Ishmaelk was the father of twelve princes?
6. How old was Isaac when he married Rebekah? When Jacob and Esau were born?
7. What prophecy did Jehovah give unto Rebekah?
8. For what did Esau sell his birthright?
9. Howis the sale of Esau's birthright used as an example for us in the New Testament?

DISCUSSION STARTERS

1. Are there any other instances of parents having favorite children in the Scriptures? What is the result of
such favoritism?
2. Is there any way in which we can sell our birthright as did Esau?