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April 5, 2017

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Reading along with us in Genesis? Here’s today’s reading:

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

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  1. 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!

  2. Interesting the wait for the children that are specifically promised through Isaac -20 year wait there – but grateful that Isaac took his worry and plea to God! Never liked that Isaac and Rebekah played favorites with their kids.

  3. Before moving on in John this morning, I was led to just open my bible randomly, and ended up reading Isaiah 13:6-22, then praying and pleading with God to continue to be patient with us while the Church is awakening from her slumber, apathy, and fear of man. Such a terrifying picture of the coming judgment upon the world. Conviction: Do I live in light of the coming judgment in the way I see the lost? If not, why not? Do I believe God will not do as He has promised? Do I presume upon God’s grace and mercy, when His Word is clear that His grace and mercy is offered NOW, while we have time to repent and turn to Him? Have we become like those Jesus warned about in Matthew 24:3-25:46? How terrifying.

    Then I went back and read more: all of Isaiah 13:1-22, followed by Isaiah 14:1-23, then skipped over all the prophesies of judgment on specific nations and peoples to read Isaiah 24:1-23 about God’s coming judgment on ALL the earth. Prayed some more as specific people came to mind — prayed they would wake up now and repent! Focused on the promise in Isaiah 26:19 and contrasted it with the warnings in Isaiah 26:14 and Isaiah 14:9-11, imagining the scene of the dead in Christ being raised to life, contrasted with the eternal torment promised for those who reject Jesus Christ. Praying for boldness as the days are short. My days are short.

    Then read Isaiah 25:1-12 (“Song of Praise for God’s Favor”), Isaiah 26:1-21 (“Song of Trust in God’s Protection”) , and Isaiah 27:1-13 (“The Deliverance of Israel”). Praise God!

    PRAYER: Isaiah 26:7-13

    Never made it to John.

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