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Book of Genesis for Beginners: Chapters 22-26

Updated on September 5, 2016

Abraham Ready to Sacrifice Son

Abraham Ready to Sacrifice Son
Abraham Ready to Sacrifice Son | Source

Genesis Chapter 22

Abraham almost Sacrifices Isaac

Gen 22:1-14

God told Abraham to take his son Isaac to the land of Moriah and bring him up a mountain that God would reveal to him. God told Abraham that he was to sacrifice his son on the designated mountain. Abraham brought two men, sacrificial equipment, and Isaac with him to the place where God had told him to go.

Abraham told the two men to stay with the donkeys that carried the sacrificial equipment while he would take his son to worship God on the mountain. Abraham told Isaac to carry the wood to burn the offering while he carried the knife. Isaac asked where the lamb was for the burnt offering and Abraham said that God would provide the burnt offering when they would get there.

Abraham went exactly where God had told him to set up the offering. Abraham built the altar and bound Isaac up. Abraham placed his only son on the altar and raised his knife to sacrifice Isaac to God.

The angel alerted Abraham not to sacrifice Isaac and that God surely knew now that Abraham feared God. God gave Abraham a ram to take place of his son to sacrifice. Abraham sacrificed the ram and called the place Jehovah-jireh (The Lord will provide).

The Lord’s Covenant with Abraham

Gen 22:15-24

The angel came again to Abraham telling him that the Lord would bless Abraham’s descendants and that they would be as many as the stars in the heavens and the sand. The angel also said that his descendants would take the gates of their enemies and the world would be blessed by them.

Genesis Chapter 23

Sarah Dies

Gen 23:1-20

Sarah died at the age of 127 years in the land of Canaan. Abraham wanted to bury Sarah away from his sight so he asked the sons of Heth if there was a place to bury his wife. The sons of Heth told Abraham that he could pick any grave site in Hebron. Abraham chose Ephron’s grave site to bury his wife.

Ephron gladly agreed to give his grave site to Abraham’s family for free. Abraham insisted on paying Ephron for the grave site though. Ephron finally gave in and sold the grave site to Abraham for 400 shekels of silver. The deed of the grave site was handed over to Abraham and he buried Sarah there.

Rebekah and Abraham's Servant

Rebekah and Abraham's servant at the well
Rebekah and Abraham's servant at the well | Source

Genesis Chapter 24

Isaac Marries Rebekah

Gen 24:1-67

God told Abraham that his descendants would be many and that a wife would be provided for his son Isaac. Abraham told his servant to not let Isaac marry any woman from Canaan where they lived. Abraham told the servant to go to the city of Nahor where his relatives lived and there would be a woman for Isaac there.

The servant asked Isaac what would happen if the woman does not want to come back with him. Abraham told the servant that he would be free of his obligation then. The servant gathered ten camels filled with good things from Abraham and left to Nahor.

At Nahor the servant sat his camels at the city well at night when the women would fetch water. The servant prayed to God asking Him to let the woman for Isaac be the one who would give water to him when he asked for it and also would offer water to his camels too.

A virgin woman named Rebekah, a relative of Abraham, came to the well right before the servant finished his prayer. The servant asked Rebekah for some water and she gave him some. Then Rebekah offered some water to the servant’s camels too.

The servant gave a ring and a bracelet to Rebekah and asked to stay the night at her home. Rebekah got permission from her mother and brother for the servant to do so. At Rebekah’s home, the servant told them why he came into town and about the prayer he prayed.

The servant asked Rebekah’s mother if he could take her back to marry Isaac. The mother asked Rebekah if she wanted to go with the servant. Rebekah agreed to go with the servant to marry Isaac. The servant and Rebekah got back to where Abraham was living at. Isaac and Rebekah met and then got married.

Genealogy of Abraham

Genealogy of Abraham
Genealogy of Abraham | Source

Genesis Chapter 25

Abraham Marries Again

Gen 25:1-11

Abraham married again to a woman named Keturah. Abraham and Keturah’s children were:

Abraham and Keturah

Abraham & Keturah

> Zimran

>Jokshan

>>Sheba

>>Dedan

>>>Asshurim

>>>Letushim

>>>Leummim

> Medan

> Midian

>>Ephah

>>Epher

>>Hanoch

>>Abida

>>Eldaah

> Ishbak

> Shuah

(> = one descendant down the blood line)

* Abraham was 175 years old when he died.

Ishmael’s Twelve Princes

Gen 25:12-18

Jacob’s son Ishmael, from his servant Hagar, had twelve sons:

Ishmael

>Nebaioth

>Kedar

>Adbeel

>Mibsam

>Mishma

>Dumah

>Massa

>Hadad

>Tema

>Jetur

>Naphish

>Kedemah

(> = one descendant down the blood line)

* Ishmael was 137 years old when he died.

Esau and Jacob are Born

Gen 25:19-34

Isaac’s wife Rebekah gave birth to twin boys. The first boy to come out was named Esau. The second boy to come out was named Jacob. Before the twin boys came out, there was struggle in the womb between them. Rebekah called out to God asking what had happened.

God told Rebekah that the two children in her womb would be two great nations and would have division with each other. When the twins grew up, Esau became a skilled hunter and Jacob just stayed in tents.

One day Esau came back from hunting and was on the verge of dyeing from hunger and thirst. Esau asked Jacob for the bowl of red stew he was holding in his hand. Jacob said to Esau that he could have the stew if he gave his birthright to Jacob. Jacob received the birthright from Esau in exchange for giving Esau the bowl of stew.

Isaac and Abimelech-Wells - Genesis 26:23-33

Genesis Chapter 26

Isaac and King Abimelech

Gen 26:1-33

There was a famine in the land where Isaac was living, so he went to the land of Gerar to stay. On the way to the land of Gerar, God spoke to Isaac telling him stay away from Egypt while on his journey. God also told Isaac that he would be blessed where he would live because he and his offspring would establish the covenant God made with his father Abraham.

When Isaac got to Gerar, he told the people there that his wife Rebekah was his sister for fear of death. The king of the land, King Abimelech, saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah and knew that Rebekah was Isaac’s wife. King Abimelech asked Isaac why he told the king’s people that his wife was his sister. Isaac told the king that he told the lie for fear of death from the king’s people.

King Abimelech ordered all his people to not touch Isaac or Rebekah while they stayed in the king’s land. The king let Isaac stay wherever he pleased. Isaac settled in Gerar, and produced a great harvest in the same year. Isaac became very wealthy off the land that King Abimelech gave him.

The Philistines in the land of Gerar envied Isaac because he obtained more riches than they had. King Abimelech had to tell Isaac to take all his possessions and leave the place where he was living. Isaac settled outside of Gerar. Wherever Isaac settled in the land of Gerar, the Philistines complained because Isaac began to prosper.

King Abimelech came to Isaac and asked to make an oath with him to not harm him and his people. The king knew that Isaac was favored by God and reminded Isaac that he and his people did not lay a hand on Isaac and his possessions. Isaac and King Abimelech made an oath to not harm the king and his people.

Esau and His Wives

Gen 26:34-35

Esau married Judith the Hittite and Basemath the Hittite when he was 40 years old. The wives of Esau made life hard for Isaac and Rebekah.

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