Genesis 25-26

Summary

Genesis chapter 25, The sons of Abraham by Keturah. The division of his goods. His age, death, and burial. God blesses Isaac. The generations of Ishmael. His age and death. Isaac prays for Rebekah, being barren. The children strive in her womb. The birth of Esau and Jacob. Their different characters and pursuits. Esau sells his birthright.

Genesis chapter 26, Isaac, because of famine, sojourns in Gerar, and the Lord instructs and blesses him. He is reproved by Abimelech for denying his wife. He grows rich, and the Philistines envy his prosperity. He digs Esek, Sitnah, and Rehoboth. God appears to him at Beer-sheba, and blesses him; and Abimelech makes a covenant with him. Esau’s wives.

Insights and Prayers

When it comes to money, houses, and “stuff,” “Abraham left everything” (25:5). And we, like Abraham, will leave it all when we die.

  • Lord, I surrender all I have to You and Your use, because I’ll surrender it when I die. When he died, he was “full of years” (25:8, KJV), that is, he had filled every year of his life. Isn’t that the way to live, that is, to live fully?
  • Lord, I want to live each year fully until I go home to be with You.

After Abraham died, God blessed his son Isaac (25:11). The greatest compliment to our life is that our children live for God, just as we lived.

  • Lord, may my children live for You, just the way I lived for You, but may they go beyond anything I did. May they do it better and with Your blessing. Amen.

When Isaac prayed that the Lord would give his wife Rebekah children, the Lord answered and she got pregnant. Rebekah had twins who struggled in her womb. This shows a mother can pray about her pregnancy.

  • Lord, I pray for healthy babies, and for their salvation and growth as Your children. Lord, You give life, so I receive my children from Your hand. Amen.

Even though Isaac and Rebekah prayed for their sons, each one favored one boy over the other. Did one parent’s partiality over the other create animosity between the twins, or did a sin’s problem in the boys cause problems between the parents? We don’t know the answer for sure, but we do know Jacob tricked Esau out of his spiritual birthright.

  • Lord, keep me from partiality toward anyone, and give me an equal love for all my children, and help me show it equally. Amen.

Abimelech, king of the Philistines, became hostile toward Isaac:

(1) because of Isaac’s sin (26:7-11),

(2) because of Abimelech’s greed over Isaac’s prosperity (26:12-14), and

(3) because Isaac could successfully dig for water (26:15-22). In all their bitterness Isaac did not attack or argue with Abimelech, Isaac simply moved away. As a result, “the Lord appeared to him” (26:24).

  • Lord, teach me to pray for those who hate me or covet my belongings. Protect me from their threats and/or dangers. Change their attitude toward me. May my testimony change their attitude toward You. Amen.

Because of Isaac’s tolerance to Abimelech, “God reassured Isaac that the Abrahamic agreement would extend to him. Did Isaac see the Shekinah glory cloud, or God in the fire of a bush that didn’t burn up? Maybe it was the atmospheric presence of God when Isaac heard the audible voice of God. When Isaac heard God speaking, he built an altar there (26:25). When God comes, we must worship Him.

  • Lord, I will worship You often, especially when You speak to me through the Scriptures, or when I realize You have blessed me in a special way. Amen.

When we put God first in our lives, God will reinforce our commitment to Him with His special blessing. When Isaac refused to fight Abimelech-and Isaac worshiped, then the servants found water that same day (26:25, 32).

  • Lord, I will put You first in my life because it’s the biblical thing to do. If you give me a blessing, I will thank You for it. If I don’t receive something special, I will still thank You for all I possess. To know You intimately is a blessing more and above any tangible thing I could receive. Amen.

Sources

  • Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
  • Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible