Genesis 25: Abraham’s Death and Isaac’s Sons

How long did Abraham live after Isaac married Rebekah? What did he do during that time?

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Genesis 25:1–8 Abraham again took a wife, named Keturah, who gave birth to Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. Midian was the father of Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were Abraham’s descendants by Keturah.
Abraham gave Isaac everything he had.
He gave gifts to his sons who were born of women other than Sarah, then sent them to live in the east, away from Isaac.
Abraham lived 175 years 8 and took his last breath having lived a long and satisfying life when he was buried with his family.
Genesis 25:19–20 Abraham’s son Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, Bethuel’s daughter and Laban’s sister from Mesopotamia.
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Genesis 25:1–8 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim. And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
Genesis 25:19–20 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begat Isaac: And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

In what ways was Abraham’s relationship with Isaac different from his other sons?

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Genesis 25:1–8 Abraham again took a wife, named Keturah, who gave birth to Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. Midian was the father of Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were Abraham’s descendants by Keturah.
Abraham gave Isaac everything he had.
He gave gifts to his sons who were born of women other than Sarah, then sent them to live in the east, away from Isaac.
Abraham lived 175 years 8 and took his last breath having lived a long and satisfying life when he was buried with his family.
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Genesis 25:1–8 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim. And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

Who was present at the burial of Abraham?

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Genesis 25:9–10 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him near Mamre, in the Macheplah cave in the field of Ephron, son of Zohar the Hittite, the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. Abraham was buried next to his wife Sarah.
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Genesis 25:9–10 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre; The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.

What were the most important memories that Isaac and Ishmael had concerning their father?

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Genesis 25:9–10 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him near Mamre, in the Macheplah cave in the field of Ephron, son of Zohar the Hittite, the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. Abraham was buried next to his wife Sarah.
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Genesis 25:9–10 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre; The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.

In what ways did God bless Isaac?

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Genesis 25:11 After Abraham died, God blessed his son Isaac, who lived by Beer-lahai-roi.
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Genesis 25:11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.

How did Ishmael’s blessings differ from Isaac’s?

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Genesis 25:12–18 Ishmael was Abraham’s son by Hagar, Sarah’s female servant. Ishmael’s sons were Nebaioth, the oldest, and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These twelve sons of Ishmael founded the tribes and settlements that bear their names. Ishmael lived 137 years and was buried with his family. His descendants occupied the land from Havilah near Egypt eastward to Shur, toward Assyria, apart from Isaac’s descendants.
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Genesis 25:12–18 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham: And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations. And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people. And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.

How long was Rebekah without children? How long had Isaac prayed for a son?

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Genesis 25:19–21 Abraham’s son Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, Bethuel’s daughter and Laban’s sister from Mesopotamia.
Isaac fervently prayed for his wife because she was barren, and God listened. Rebekah became pregnant.
Genesis 25:26 The second born was named Jacob because he was grasping his brother’s heel when he was born. Isaac was sixty years old.
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Genesis 25:19–21 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begat Isaac: And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Genesis 25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

In what manner did Rebekah hear God’s voice?

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Genesis 25:22–23 She didn’t understand the turmoil in her womb, so she asked the Lord, “If this is your plan, why am I having so much trouble?”
“Two nations are in you womb,” God said. Your twins will not be alike. One nation will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”
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Genesis 25:22–23 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

In what ways are children affected by their names as they are growing up? What about nicknames?

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Genesis 25:24–26 When the time came, she gave birth to twins. 25 The firstborn was covered with red hair, so he was named Esau. The second born was named Jacob because he was grasping his brother’s heel when he was born. Isaac was sixty years old.
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Genesis 25:24–26 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

What influences led to Esau becoming a hunter and Jacob being less adventurous?

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Genesis 25:27 Esau grew up to be a skillful hunter who loved outdoor adventure.
Jacob was perfectly content with tent life.
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Genesis 25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

Is it possible to love two children equally? Why?

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Genesis 25:28 Isaac was partial to Esau because he enjoyed eating his wild game.
Rebekah loved Jacob.
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Genesis 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

How could a bowl of soup be worth more to Esau than his birthright? What gave Jacob the idea that he could bargain for it?

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Genesis 25:29–34 One day, Jacob was cooking a pot of lentil soup when Esau came in from the wilderness, tired and hungry. “Let me have some of the red lentil soup,” Esau said. “I’m famished.” So he was also called Edom, which means “red.”
“I will,” Jacob said, “in exchange for your birthright.”
“I am starving,” Esau said. “What good is my birthright if I die of starvation?”
“First,” Jacob said, “swear that your birthright is now mine.”
So Esau swore an oath, selling his birthright to his brother.
Jacob then gave Esau bread and soup. When Esau had finished eating and drinking, he got up and left, showing little appreciation for his rights as the firstborn.
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Genesis 25:29–34 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.