(Genesis 24, 25)

Here in this reading the transition is made from focusing on the life of Abraham to focusing on the life of Isaac, the son of Abraham, who was the covenant heir.

Genesis 24Bride for Isaac. The Bible records a lengthy passage about how Abraham (through his servant) obtained a bride (Rebekah) for his son Isaac. •Selecting of the bride: this passage gives many helpful principles for choosing the right person in marriage—these principles include the requirements for the selection (such as piety, purity, appearance, industriousness, unselfishness, good manners, and dependability); and the requirements for doing the selecting (be prayerful, obedient, deliberate, and responsible). •Securing of the bride: this was done with a declaration about Isaac and a dowry from Isaac. •Submitting to be the bride: which included the resistance to her submission by her family and the resolve in her submission by her faith.

Genesis 25:1–11Bequeathing to Isaac. Here is recorded some details about Abraham in his giving his substance to Isaac. •Family of the bequeather: the family of Abraham through his second wife Keturah. •Faithfulness in the bequeathing: Abraham obeyed God and gave the inheritance, which included the covenant, to Isaac not to any of the others in the family (the others were only given gifts). •Funeral of the bequeather: the death and burial of Abraham are recorded here (he died at the age of 175).

Genesis 25:12–18Brother of Isaac. The record of Ishmael, the main brother of Isaac, is given here. •Descendants of the brother: Ishmael had twelve sons. •Districts of the brother: this was where Ishmael’s descendants dwelled. •Death of the brother: Ishmael died at the age of 137.

Genesis 25:19–34Boys of Isaac. Isaac and Rebekah had famous twin boys—Jacob and Esau. Two main facts about the boys are given in this passage. •First, birth of the boys: this involved the prayer for the birth; the problem before the birth; the prediction before the birth; and the particulars of the birth (their birth order, their appearance, and their names). • Second, birthright of the boys: this includes the bartering (by Jacob for the birthright); and the belittling (Esau mocked the value of the birthright).

 Butler, J. G. (2003). Daily Bible Reading: Synopsis (Vol. 1, p. 8). Clinton, IA: LBC Publications.


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