Genesis 25 Abraham Took Another Wife, Jacob and Esau, Esau Sold His Birthright

Abraham took another wife, and her name was Keturah. She gave birth to six sons, one of which was Midian. We will read about some Midianites soon.

–Joseph’s brothers sold him to a caravan of Midianites. And the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s. (Genesis 37:28,36)

–Moses fled from Egypt, from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian. (Exodus 2:15)

Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines and sent them eastward away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived.

Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian.

Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. (25:21)

Jacob and Esau (vs 22-28)

The children struggled together within Rebekah’s womb.

Rebekah: If all is well, why am I like this? (NKJV)

Rebekah asked the Lord.

The Lord (to Rebekah): Two nations are in your womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels. The one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, there were twins in her womb. The first came out red, all over like an hairy garment? They called his name Esau. Esau means hairy or rough.

Then his brother came out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel. His name was called Jacob.

Isaac was 60 years old when Rebekah gave birth to Esau and Jacob. Isaac and Rebekah had been married 20 years when the twins were born.

The boys grew. Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

Isaac loved Esau, because he ate of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Esau Sold His Birthright (vs 29-34)

One day Jacob made pottage (soup). Esau came from the field, and he was faint.

Esau (to Jacob): Feed me, I pray, with that red pottage; for I am faint; therefore was his name called Edom. (Edom means red.)

Jacob: Sell me your birthright this day.

Esau: I am at the point of dying? What will I profit from this birthright if I die now?

Jacob: Swear to me this day.

Esau swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.

Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles (bean or pea family); and Esau ate and drank, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

I have heard many say that Jacob stole Esau’s blessing. I disagree. Jacob purchased Esau’s birthright.

What comes with a birthright? In Bible times the older brother inherited a double portion. In Jacob’s and Esau’s case, the inheritance would be split into three portions, and the oldest would get two parts, a double portion. Even though Esau and Jacob were twins, the one born first possessed the birthright. But Esau sold that right to Jacob.

Abraham’s lived 175 years. Then he gave up the ghost and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field Abraham purchased from Ephron of the sons of Heth. (Genesis 23)

Isaac was 75 years old when Abraham died, and Ishmael was 89 years old.

After the death of Abraham, God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai–roi.

In Genesis 25:12-18 we find out that Ishmael had twelve sons, twelve princes. He died at the age of 137 in the presence of all his brethren.

Remember in Genesis 17:20, God told Abraham, “As for Ishmael…I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.

God word is true. All that He promised for Ishmael took place.


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