Shadowland: Beginnings: Week 30
Abraham's Second Wife
- 25:1 "again Abraham took a wife" - "the gifts and calling of God are
without repentance." Romans 11:29
- 25:2 Midian - Moses' wife is a descendant of Midian. Exodus 3:1
- 25:3 Sheba and Dedan, and the Merchants of Tarshish (Britain)
protest the attack of Gog on Israel. Ezekiel 38:13
- 25:5 Isaac, as a type of Christ, inherits everything as an only son.
- 25:6 "Sons of the concubines." Even though Keturah was a true wife,
she is here called a concubine to emphasize the role of Isaac as
a type of God's only Son. The others sons are given gifts, and sent to
the "east country", especially Arabia.
- 25:10 Abraham is buried next to Sarah.
- 25:11 "Beer-lahai-roi" - well of living water. In John 4, Jesus offers
a woman living water, springing up into everlasting life.
- 25:13 Kedar - Psalm 120:5
- 25:16 The sons of Ishmael were 12 princes as promised. Ishmael's
descendants are also listed in 1 Chronicles 1.
- 25:21 Rebecca also was barren. But instead of taking a concubine,
Isaac and Rebecca intreat the Lord.
Jacob and Esau
Jacob and Esau typify the believer and the unbeliever.
- 25:22 "If it be so", Rebecca is acutely aware of the significance
of God's promise to Isaac. If all the nations of the world
will be blessed through her offspring, why are they fighting
in the womb? "The elder shall serve the younger." Genesis 48:19
- 25:25 Esau means "hairy".
- 25:26 Jacob means "grasper" or "supplanter"
- 25:27 "cunning hunter" - the same word used of Nimrod. Genesis 10:9
"man of the field" - throughout scripture the "field" is a type
of the world.
"plain man" - "perfect man" the same word used of Job. Job 1:8;2:3.
- 25:28 Trouble brews. Isaac ignores God's explicit word to Rebecca.
- 25:30 "red pottage" literally "red" or "red stuff". The
word "pottage" or "lentils" is inserted by the translators. Esau
sold his birthright for something he didn't know the name of.
"Edom" means red.
- 25:32 Unlike Abraham, and Rebecca, Esau had no faith in the promises of
God to Abraham and Isaac, saying in effect, "Give me to eat, or
tomorrow I die."
- 25:34 "Esau despised his birthright." Hebrews 12:16-17