In Genesis Chapter 25, we see the death of Abraham and his son Ishmael. We also see that Abraham took another wife and becomes a grandfather.
1. From your review of chapter 25, how many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Abraham are listed?
2. Chapter 25 describes the death of both Abraham and his son Ishmael. How are the descriptions different and how was this difference a fulfillment of prophecies?
3. Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Rebekah all came from the same family line of Terah, Abraham's father. Terah was the father of both Abraham and Sarah, the grandfather of Isaac, and the great-grandfather of Rebekah.
What are some other ways in which the lives of Sarah and Rebekah and the lives of Isaac and Jacob were similar?
4. What can we learn about God from verses 19 through 26?
5. Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah (verse 20) and 60 years old when Esau and Jacob were born (verse 26). How old was Abraham when these events occurred? Also, how old were Esau and Jacob when Abraham died?
6. Jacob and Esau were brothers and naturally, they were competitive. This is nothing new. We saw this in the first brothers - Cain and Abel, and we've seen it also in Isaac and Ishmael.
But the rights of the first-born brother aren't always recognized by God. We see that here in God's promise to bless Isaac and Jacob who weren't the first born. This was the case with David also who was chosen as king above his seven older brothers.
God has mercy and chooses according to His own counsel and His own reasoning. We learn from the Bible that we don't see what God sees in people because God can see our hearts while we only see what's visible (I Samuel 16:7).
How can we avoid judging others based on their outward appearances?
7. Why is it ironic that Esau asked Jacob for some of his red stew?
8. Hebrews 12:16 says that Esau was immoral and irreverent or unholy because he sold his birthright for a single meal. Too often today, like Esau, we give into our sinful desires for instant gratification that cause us to sacrifice our eternal rewards.
What are some examples of this from our culture and personal lives?
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