June 4 Genesis 25:1-18
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Heavenly Father, how human we are that we don’t treat everyone with love as You do. Why do we make differences in how we treat people? It doesn’t matter if they are related to us, a stepchild, or no relation at all, You sent Your Son to die for all. It’s a shame that we can’t treat everyone as You do, with love beyond understanding. When we do treat someone like family that isn’t really “related” to us, sometimes people don’t understand because the old thing of “blood is thicker than water” seems to be important to most people. Help me learn to love as You do. Help me have unconditional love, Father. I know we as humans have difficulty with truly loving each other no matter what, but teach me to love as You do. Thank You for loving me no matter how unlovable I am, no matter what a bad example I am of love, no matter how much I forget to show love to others and to You, You always love me completely. Thank You for teaching me what true love is by Your example.
In Jesus’ name.
These scriptures share the names of Abraham’s children with his second wife, Keturah, the actions given toward his children with concubines, his final days, death and burial.
What do you find significant about Abraham’s actions towards his children with concubines?
Why did Abraham give everything to Isaac?
Why is there mention of Ishmael’s children and Isaac’s in later verses and not those from Abraham’s concubines?
1Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. 5 Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. 6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country. 7 These are the days of the years of Abraham's life, 175 years. 8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9 Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre,10 the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife.11 After the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac settled at Beer-lahai-roi.12 These are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's servant, bore to Abraham.13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, named in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes.17 (These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.) 18 They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled over against all his kinsmen.