LESSON 20 – Isaac’s Life And Family – Genesis 25 & 26

  1. Discussion– We will discuss only chapter 25 here. Older children should read both chapters on their own and br prepared to answer the basic facts about chapter 26)
    Chapter 25

    • Who does Abraham marry and how many more sons does he have? (Keturah; 6) Midian, one of the sons will be heard of later when his descendants fight against the people of Israel. What does Abraham do with all of the things that God has given him? (vs. 5 – he gives them to Isaac –  not to all his other children) How long did Abraham live? (vs. 7 – 175) Who buried Abraham and where? (vs. 9 – Both Ishmael and Isaac bury Abraham in the cave where he buried Sarah.)
    • How old was Isaac when he married Rebekah? (vs. 20 – 40 years old) Rebekah also is barren at first and can have no children. Isaac prays and she becomes pregnant with twins.  She feels the twins fighting inside of her and she goes and asks the Lord what all of this is about. What does the Lord tell her? (vs. 23 – that she has two sons who will become two separate nations someday; one nation will be stronger than the other and that the older child would serve the younger one) Describe the birth of the twins. (vs. 24-26 – the first one out was red and hairy so they named him Esau [which may mean hairy]; the next one came out holding his brother’s heel so they named him Jacob [he grasps the heel or he deceives]) How long did Isaac have to wait to have children? (vs. 26 – 20 years; Isaac was 60 when the twins were born)
    • What were the boys like? (vs. 27-28 – Esau was an outdoorsman, a skillful hunter; Jacob was quiet and preferred to stay home in the tents) When Esau comes in from hunting he finds Jacob cooking stew. How does Esau describe his feelings at seeing and smelling the stew? (He’s famished and immediately wants some of the stew?) NOTE: the stew was red, so that is why the passage says Esau is called Edom, which means “red”. What does Jacob ask for in return for the stew? (the birthright of Esau – As the eldest Esau would have been the one to receive “everything” from the father as Isaac had from Abraham) How does Esau respond to this outrageous request? (vs. 32 – He says he’s about to die from hunger anyway, so what good would the birthright do for a dead person. He agrees and actually swears an oath to Jacob what the birthright is his.) What does the writer conclude in verse 34? (Esau despised his birthright.)
  2. Application– Jacob has been described as “tricking” Esau into selling his birthright to him. Is this really true? Why or why not? (Possible answers: no, because he openly made the offer – Esau knew what was at stake; or maybe, yes, because Jacob took unfair advantage of Esau.) What actually was this “birthright” Esau was selling? (see 25:5) What clue does the passage give as to whose fault this was? (vs. 34 – Esau was at fault because of his attitude toward the birthright. See also Hebrew 12:16) According to the prophecy given to Rebekah, who was God’s chosen son of the promise? (Jacob – vs 23 indicates that Jacob would be blessed and Esau’s family would serve his) Why does God select Jacob and not Esau? Read Romans 9:10-22 for the answer to this difficult question. What does God want us to understand from the Romans passage? (Possible answers: That He is in control of who is called and who is not.  He can’t be called unfair because He made us and has the right to do with his creation as He deems right. ) What comfort can we get from knowing this? (That God is in control. He knows what is best and as his creation we can rest in His loving and righteous hands. He is never unfair, even if we do not understand.)  If salvation depended upon our human desire and effort, what kind of grade would humanity get? Zero or “F”. There is nothing good in any of us. We are thankful that He chose any of us to be blessed with salvation. Thank God for His plan, even though we cannot understand it completely. Take time to thank God for His glorious salvation.
  3. Digging Deeper
    1. In chapter 26 what seems to be the problem between Isaac and Abimelech? What do you learn about each man from the way they settle their dispute and reconcile? Where in your life would you like the quarreling to stop and the reconciliation to start? List the next steps of faith God wants you to take toward that end. Give a Bible reference for each.