Genesis 25-27

Genesis 25-27

Chapter 25: Descendants of Abraham

Abraham gets married again and marries a woman named Keturah. With Keturah; they have 6 kids with their kids and grandkids:

  • Zimrain
  • Jokshan
    • Sheba
    • Dedan
      • Asshurim
      • Letushim
      • Leummim
      • Medan
      • Midian
        • Ephah
        • Epher
        • Hanoch
        • Abida
        • Eldaah
        • Ishbak
        •  Shuah

Abraham gave all that he had to his son Isaac, but unto his other children he gave a few gifts and sent them away. Abraham dies at the age of 175 (hundred threescore and fifteen years). His sons Isaac and Ishmael bury him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron. This is the same cave that Abraham purchased to bury his wife Sarah. They bury them next to each other. Isaac was blessed by God. The generation of Ishmael is listed in chapter 25 of Genesis:

Ishmael, the son of Hagar (Sarah’s handmaid) and his sons:

  • Nebajoth
  • Kedar
  • Adbeel
  • Mibsam
  • Mishma
  • Dumah
  • Massa
  • Hadar
  • Tema
  • Jetur
  • Naphish
  • Kedemah

These are the 12 princes talked about in Genesis 17:20, which we have already read.

Generations of Isaac:

Isaac and Rebekah try to have children but are unable to do so. Rebekah inquires of the Lord and asks him why she is unable to have children. The Lord says unto her: “…Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23)

Rebekah has twins, the first child came out red and called his name Esau and then Jacob was born shortly afterwards. Both of Isaac’s sons grew and one became a great hunter and the other was a plain man who enjoyed dwelling in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he was more of a manly man, and Rebekah loved Jacob, because he was at home with her more often.

  • Esau
  • Jacob

Jacob spends the day making some pottage (soup), when his older brother Esau comes in from the field and asks him for some food, because he was weak and tired.

Jacob promises to give his older brother some food, if he agrees to forfeit his birth right, Esau did not care about his birthright because he was hungry and agrees to give it to Jacob to feed his appetite.

Chapter 26: Prosperity of Isaac

The Lord appears unto Isaac and tells him that he is the God of his father and because he was a righteous man and Isaac was a righteous man that he would make his seed multiply as the stars of heaven and the whole earth will be blessed because of Isaac.

Isaac goes up and dwells in Gerar with his wife Rebekah, and when people of Gerar ask him about his wife he tells them that she is his sister. So, he must have learned this trick from his dad, because the same thing happens… except this time the king (king Abimelech) finds Isaac and Rebekah together and must question what they were doing, because he definitely thought they were something else besides brother and sister. Abimelech asks him why, and Isaac tells him because he was worried that someone would kill him and take his wife. So Abimelech tells everyone to not touch Rebekah or Isaac unless they want to die.

Isaac and his servants dig some wells and call them; Esek, Rehoboth, and Shebah. Esau (the son of Isaac) at the age of 40 marries Judith (the daughter of Beeri the Hittite) without the blessing of Isaac or Rebekah.

Chapter 27: Jacob is blessed.

Isaac is on his death bed when he asks his son Esau to go into the wilderness to get him some Venison that he might be able to enjoy one of his last meals, and in trade he promises to bless Esau. Esau agrees and heads out to hunt in the wilderness. Rebekah over hears this and commands Jacob to go get some goats, so she can make Isaac some meat and Jacob can bring it to his father (pretending to be Esau) and receive his blessing. Jacob brings in the meat to his father Isaac and when Isaac asks who he is, he tells them that he is Esau. Jacob receives Esau’s blessing from Isaac and when Esau returns with the Venison he is outraged that Jacob not only stole his birthright, but also his father’s blessing!

Genesis 22-24

Genesis 22-24

Chapter 22: Sacrifice of Abraham’s Son Isaac

God commands Abraham to take his son Isaac to the land of Moriah and “…offer him there for a burnt offering…” (Genesis 22:2)

                Abraham takes his son and they journey towards the mountain that the Lord had commanded him to go, but Abraham does not tell his son what the Lord had planned.  As they journey to the top of the mountain, Isaac even asks Abraham “…where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (Genesis 22:7)

                Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide one for them, once they get to the top Abraham builds an altar and bound his son Isaac, Abraham takes a knife out and gets ready to kill his son… when an angel calls out to him and tells him “…lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him; for now I know that thou fearest God…” (Genesis 22:12)

                So we learn that the whole thing was just a test to see if Abraham would listen and do as the Lord commands. But they notice a ram caught in a thicket.

God tells him, that because he did as the Lord commanded, that Abraham would be blessed with the seed as the number of stars and grains of sand, or in other words… A LOT!

Chapter 23: Sarah Dies

When Sarah (Abraham’s wife) was 177 years old she died. Abraham buys a cave for her to be buried in for four hundred shekels of silver.

Abraham buries his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre.

Chapter 24: Isaac’s Wife

Abraham commands Isaac to not marry a Canaanite, but instead commands his servant to go to Meopotamia into the city of Nahor.

Abraham tells the servant that when he comes across a lady who offers him and his camels water that she would be the one for Isaac. So the servant waits at a well and is offered water for him and his camels by a young fair virgin named; Rebekah.  The servant offers her a golden earing (1/2 shekel), two bracelets (10 shekels weight) of gold. She is impressed and takes them home, where he brother Laban is also impressed and invites the man into their home. The servant than explains what his business really is and the family and Rebekah accept and head back to meet Isaac.

When Rebekah and Isaac meet eyes, she jumps off her camel to meet him. They get married and Isaac is now comforted after the death of her mother.

 

Genesis 19-21

Genesis 19-21

Chapter 19: Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

Lot entertains holy men, but before they are able to lay down at night, men from Sodom encircle the house and demand to see the holy men. Lot tells them that they cannot come in, but if they were to leave, he could offer then his daughters (Genesis 19:8). Those men that were demanding to see the holy men are stricken with blindness, giving Lot, his wife and his daughter’s time to leave. Because angels had told them the city of Sodom would be destroyed by the hand of God. They were commanded to leave and go to the city of Zoar, they were also commanded to not “…look not behind…” (Genesis 19:17).

Lot and his family narrowly escape Sodom when “…the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven… but his wife (Lot’s wife) looked back from behind him, and she became as a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:24-26)

Abraham woke up in the morning and saw Sodom and Gomorrah as “…the smoke of a furnace.” (Genesis 19:28). God remembered Abraham by removing Lot before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah.

When Lot arrives in Zoar, he and his daughters take shelter in a cave at the top of a mountain. Lot’s daughters come up with a plan to save Lot’s “seed” by getting him drunk and then “lying” with him to “preserve” his seed. The first night, Lot’s oldest daughter lies with him and then the next day she tells her younger sister to do the same thing. (Genesis 19:30-34).

In my scriptures I have Genesis 19:30-32 marked as “What?” which is an entire list of “What?” scripture stories/verses in the Bible that make you stop and think, maybe even wonder why these things are in the Bible. As we read more of the Old Testament, I will make sure to point out the odd things that you can find in the Bible. Honestly if the Bible were to be made into a movie, it would easily have an R rating. This along with other oddities that you can find in the Bible, gives me reason to believe that the Bible is not the complete written work of God. The Bible has passed through so many hands, it is hard to know what part of the Bible is really and what was added by men. Now, this particular story probably did happen, and we can see that it was probably for good reasoning, so as to preserve mankind.

Anyways, they both get pregnant and bare Lot a son, the oldest had a son and names her son; Moab, who later becomes the father of the Moabites. The younger daughter has a son as well and names her son; Benmmi, who is the father of the children of Ammon.

Chapter 20: Abimelech and Sarah

Abraham and Sarah travel to Gerar, between Kadesh and Shur. After arriving in Gerar, the king of Gerar sent for and took Sarah, because Abraham had told them that she was his sister.

But God comes to Abimelech (the king of Gerar) in a dream and tells him that he will be comitting sin if he touches Sarah, because she is another man’s wife. Abimelech tells God “Said he not unto me, She is my sister?”  (Genesis 20:5), God tells him the truth and promises him that he will not be cursed because of what he had done, because he acted in ignorance. But he commands him to restore Sarah to Abraham because he is a prophet.

In the morning, Abimelech calls for Abraham and asks him;

Abimelech: “…What has thou done unto us?… that thou hast brought on me and my kingdom a great sin?…” (Genesis 20:9)

Abraham: “…Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wifes sake. And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife” (Genesis 20:11-12)

Abimelech then took sheep, oxen, men and women servants and gave them to Abraham, also restoring Sarah to him and allowing him to stay anywhere that it pleased Abraham throughout the kings land.

Abraham then prayed unto God, and God healed Abimelech and caused that his wife and his servants to bare children.

Chapter 21: Abraham and Abimelech

Sarah is visited by the Lord and caused that Sarah in her ripe old age to have a child. She bares Abraham a son and calls him Isaac. Isaac is circumcised by Abraham at the age of 8 days old. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. We learn that promises of Abraham will be preserved through Isaac and not through Abraham’s other son Ishmael, who was conceived through Hagar. Hagar and her son Ishmael are cast out of Abraham’s household. Abraham gives Hagar a bottle of water and sends her and Ishmael on a journey through the wilderness of Beer-sheba. But during this journey, Hagar runs out of water and places Ishmael on the ground nearby, and starts weeping, because she does not want to watch her son die. God hears the voice/cry of Ishmael and calls out to Hagar; “…What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the bottle with water and gave the lad drink.” (Genesis 21:17-19)

Ishmael grows up in the wilderness and becomes an archer. Hagar and Ishmael dwell in the wilderness of Paran and Ishmael marries a woman from Egypt.

Abraham and Abimelech deal justly with each other and make a covenant to each other to continue to deal justly.

Genesis 10-12

Genesis 10-12

Chapter 10: The Generation of Noah

These are the families of the sons of Noah, divided into nations after the flood.

  • Japeth begat: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meschech and Tiras.
    • Gomer begat: Ashkenaz, Riphath, Togarmah,.
    • Javan begat: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, Dodanim.
    • Ham begat: Cush, Mizraim, Phut, Canaan.
      • Canaan begat: Sidon, Heth, Jebusite, Amorite, Girgasite, Hivite, Arkite, Sinite, Arvadite, Zemarite, Hamathite.
        • The border of the Canaanites was from Sidon to Gerar unto Gaza, Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim and Lasha.
  • Mizraim begat: Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Casluhim, Caphtorim.
    • Casluhim begat: Philistim
  • Cush begat: Nimrod, Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabtecha
    • Raamah begat: Sheba and Dedan
    • Shem begat: Eber,Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, Aram.
      • Aram begat: Uz, Hul, Gether, Mash
      • Arphaxad begat: Salah
        • Salah begat: Eber
          • Eber begat: Peleg and Joktan (and in his days the earth was divided, pangea?)
            • Joktan begat: Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obaj, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, Jobab.
            • The dwelling of the family of Joktan was from Mesh to Sephar a mountain in the east.

Chapter 11: One Language/The Tower of Babel

We learn that all men on the earth spoke the same language. The people go to the land of Shinar and decide to build a city and a tower out of bricks to reach heaven. God goes down and confounds their language and causes them to not understand each other’s speech. The city and the tower is named “Babel”. God scatters the people all over the world. Remember the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon? They came from the time of the scattering of the Tower of Babel! This was after the world was “separated” as well, meaning that the Jaredites came over across the sea, and landed somewhere in the South/Central America that we know today. Some scholars say that the Jaredites left the Tower of Babel and landed somewhere in current day Peru.

  • Eber begat Peleg:
    • Peleg begat: Reu
      • Reu begat: Serug
        • Serug begat: Nahor
          • Nahor begat: Terah
            • Terah begat: Abram, Nahor, Haran
              • Haran begat: Lot, Milcah and Iscah
              • Abram and Nahor got married; the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah the daughter of Haran.Abram’s wife, Sarai was barren and unable to have children. Terah, took Abram, Lot, Sarai and went forth to Ur to the land of Canaan, unto Haran to dwell there. Terah dies at the age of 205.

Chapter 12: Abram the Great Nation

God tells Abram that he and his decedents will be greatly blessed. God commands Abram to leave from his family and go to a land that he will show him. Abram does as the Lord commands and takes his wife Sarai and his nephew, the son of Lot. They travel through the land of Canaan, through a place called Sichem and the plain of Moreh. Then passing through a mountain east of Beth-el and Hai on the east. Abram and Sarai go down to Egypt and tells her to tell anyone who asks that he is her brother, so that he will not be killed. Because the men in Egypt would take a liking to Sarai, because she was fair. When they arrive in Egypt, Pharaoh sees Sarai and desires to marry her, but Abram causes plagues Pharaoh and his house because of this. Pharaoh finds out that Abram is the husband of Sarai and commands them both to leave.