January 16, 2012

16 - Isaac's marriage to Rebekah and Abrahams death.

Kathleen’s thoughts
Genesis 24-25
I love the way God has recorded the ages of the people in the Bible especially how old the parents are when they gave birth and then their deaths and after that He gives a record of the descendants.
Abraham lived to a wonderful age of 175 years. After Sarah’s death he re-married to Keturah a concubine and had a further 6 sons. In Chapter 25: 6 Abraham gave gifts to these sons and sent them eastward, away from his son Isaac, to the land of the East. The reason for this he gave everything he owned to Isaac and did not want these sons near him.
When Abraham died Isaac and Ishmael buried their father with his wife Sarah in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre. I note here that Ishmael must have lived near them.
Once again Ishmael’s family records are recorded here of his sons. Ishmael lived 137 years
I love the way Rebekah was chosen for Isaac as his wife. God must have spoken to her as well as she was so willing to go with Abraham’s servant.
Rebekah’s blessing from her family. Our sister, may you become thousands upon ten thousands. May your offspring possess the gates of their enemies?
When God blessed Isaac and Rebekah with child, it must have been quite an interesting time for both of them this is the first time in the word that twins are mentioned. Esau and Jacob were born. Isaac was 60 years old. I’m in that age bracket and having to run around with wee ones whew! It must have been a very interesting time for them all.

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