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Genesis 25

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 1 Then Abraham took another wife, and her name was Keturah.

 2 And she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.

 3  Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim.

 4 And the sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.

 5 Now Abraham left all that he had to Isaac.

 6 But while he still lived, Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines, and sent them away from Isaac his son to the east country.

 7 The length of Abraham's life was one hundred and seventy five years.

 8 Then Abraham breathed his last, and died in good old age, an old man, and full of years, and he was gathered to his people.

 9 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,

 10 The field that Abraham had purchased from the sons of Heth. There Abraham was buried with Sarah his wife.

 11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac, and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.

 12 Now these are the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's maid, bore to Abraham.

 13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, in order of their birth: the firstborn of Ishmael was Nebajoth, then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,

 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,

 15 Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.

 16 These are the sons of Ishmael, these are their names by their towns and their settlements; twelve princes according to their tribes.

 17  Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty seven years and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.

 18 Ishmael's descendants dwelt from Havilah to Shur, that is east of Egypt as you go toward Assyria. They lived in defiance of all their brethren.

 19 Now these are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham was the father of Isaac.

 20 And Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

 21 And Isaac prayed greatly to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If God has answered our prayer, why am I like this?" And she went to inquire of the LORD.

 23 And the LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples shall be separated from your body; the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger."

 24 Now when it came time for her to give birth, behold, there were twins in her womb.

 25 And the first came out red all over like a hairy garment, and they called him Esau [hairy].

 26 And after that his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau's heel; so his name was called Jacob [supplanter].1 Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

 27 When the boys grew up, Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the open country [favoring the world]; and Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.

 28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he ate his venison; but Rebekah loved Jacob.

 29 Now Jacob was cooking stew when Esau came in from the open country and was famished.

 30 And Esau said to Jacob, "Feed me some of that red lentil stew, for I am famished." Therefore was his name called Edom [Red].

 31 And Jacob said, "Then sell me your birthright as of this day."

 32 And Esau said, "Look, I am about to die, what good is this birthright to me?"

 33 And Jacob said, "Swear to me this day;" and he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.

 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose up, and went his way. Thus Esau scorned his birthright.2


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1 Esau and Jacob are symbolic of man's first physical birth and subsequent spiritual birth. The first birth of the flesh is Esau; the man of the flesh is not pleasing to God and will not inherit the promises. The second birth supplants the first birth; Jacob, whose name means supplanter, represents the second birth that inherits the promises and blessings of the Father. Although Esau was the oldest, with birthright to the inheritance, further scripture will detail how Esau lost his inheritance by giving it up for a bowl of stew and then Jacob's trickery.

2 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose up, and went his way. Thus Esau scorned his birthright. Esau gave his birthright away for a bowl of stew. The parallel for us is to not forsake the hope of the Kingdom of God, the inheritance of the saints, because of our lusts for something of the earth: food, drink, pleasures, sex, passions, money, power, etc. Whatever we might think is more important, it is no more than a bowl of stew in comparison to the treasures of heaven that await us — if we persist in seeking, listening, and obeying to the end of our selfish spirits' death on the inward cross of self-denial.

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