MON. JULY 4 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 25 – ROBERT HERNANDEZ HOST

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Genesis 25

The Death of Abraham

25 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.

Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried himin the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.[a] There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

Ishmael’s Sons

12 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.

13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulersaccording to their settlements and camps. 17 Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. 18 His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward[b] all the tribes related to them.

Jacob and Esau

19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram[c]and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless.The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
    and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
    and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[d] 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[e] Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[f])

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.

 

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Genesis 25
In this chapter we see the death of Abraham, now God would carry on the work of the covenant first promised to Abraham through Issac. We also see the history of Abraham‘s family. Ishmael having 12 sons (leaders of the 12 Arabic tribes) and Isaac and Rebekah struggling to conceive. We see correlation between Issac and Rebecca‘s life and Abraham and Sarah‘s. They patiently wait and come to God in prayer. Neither trusting on their own understanding but always going to God to find answers.
Finally The Lord blesses Rebekah and she gets pregnant. She realizes somethings going on in that belly of hers… and she asked God about it. He reveals to her that she’s carrying two babies, twins. The first set of twins born in the Bible Esau and Jacob. In verse 23 The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, the older will serve the younger.” Jacob would be the one to carry on Gods promise.  Even in the womb they were battling each other and throughout their lives we see conflicts intensified. Esau was an outdoorsman, a hunter and out in the field all the time – Abrahams favorite. Jacob was more of a stay at home mama‘s boy – Rebekah’s favorite. Birthright was an important position and Jacob knew that. Esau on the other hand was more concerned with material things and he didn’t care too much about what that birthright meant so when he came in from after hunting all day he made a stupid decision. He sold his birthright for a bowl of stew.
This transaction will bring even more turmoil between the two brothers. This morning Papa H compared Esau‘s foolishness to going shopping on an empty stomach. We’ve all done that! Run to grab some thing we forgot for dinner on an empty stomach and in the meantime we grab the chocolate chip cookies and grab a few out of there eating them in the aisle, ooooo I see some ice cream bars on sale… decide to have one of them too before you check out.. before you know it you’ve got a basket full of half eaten snacks. 😉🤣
Esau knew he was going to be out all day! Why would he not prepare for that day long venture by packing some snacks so he wouldn’t be so famished when he came through the door? Essu acting on emotion being melodramatic. I’m starving! Quick I have to have a bowl of stew Now! The sky is falling I’m going to die if I don’t eat. In his anger and lack of thinking he made a rash decision on emotions… a foolish decision instead of using wisdom. One moment of stupidity is all the took and Esau gave up his birthright. Spiritual birth right meant little to Esau when his stomach was grumbling. He wanted satisfaction immediately in that moment. God knew Jacob was the better choice to carry the weight and responsibility of the birthright even though Jacob was younger, yet only by a few seconds.
Yesterday Solomon warned us about making foolish decisions telling us that every decision should start with God and end with God. We need to plan and prepare when we are moving forward in our days it just makes things go smoother.
So my question to you today is:
Will you eat before you shop today?
OR will you end up with a cart full of 1/2 eaten snacks when you get home. 🙃
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