Friday, April 23, 2010

Bible Study: As It Was In The Beginning - Genesis - Chapter 25

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Genesis. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Genesis Chapter 25. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

25:1 – Abraham married again at age 137 (or older)!

25:2 – And he had at least six more children! Keturah bore several of the Arab nations.

25:6 – He sent his other sons out of the land that belonged to Isaac.

25:7 – Abraham died at 175 years old. God promised he would live a long life (see 15:15). Ishmael was 89 and Isaac was 75 at this time. Esau and Jacob would be 15.

25:9-10 – Isaac and Ishmael buried their father with Sarah.

25:13-16 – Ishmael had 12 sons as foretold in 17:20.

25:18 – lived in hostility… - see 16:12.

25:21 – What a man!!! He was a man of prayer and lifted his wife up in prayer to the Lord!

They were married 20 years before their sons were born.

25:22 – the babies jostled. Ouch! God even listens to whiny, pregnant women. She was bold to go to God.

“It pays to take your questions to the top.” See Isaiah 55:6. (Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

25:23 – God answered her!

The Bible does not say she pondered these things in her heart. Based on a couple of later situations (25:31; 28:1), I believe she told Jacob and Isaac at the very least.

25:26 – twins are typically born 6-10 minutes apart. The fact that Jacob grasped Esau’s heel was a miracle!

25:27 – the wild man and the mild man. hehehehe

25:27-28 – Isaac loved Esau because of his taste for wild game.

Did Rebekah favor Jacob because of his personality? Or because of God’s prophetic words to her in v. 23?

25:28 – The favoritism of the parents for the children came between them.

“What God has joined together, let man not separate.” (Matthew 19:6) See Ephesians 5:33.

25:30 – red stew – Esau couldn’t even identify the meal! It certainly wasn’t worth selling his birthright.

25:31 – how long had Jacob waited for this opportunity? Perhaps Rebekah shared with Jacob what God told her in 25:23, and he was waiting for an opportunity to usurp “his” position.

The birthright wasn’t just a double portion of the estate, but also leadership of the clan!

25:33 – swearing brings God into the transaction.

25:34 – “…ate, drank, got up, left…” - this happened very quickly. Esau didn’t savor the meal for which he sold his birthright. “Esau despised his birthright” – he rejected God’s blessings. He was godless.

Esau despised his birthright – he devalued it. It meant nothing to him.

What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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