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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 25 – Losing The Eternal For Temporal Gain

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Genesis Chapter 25:



Gen 25:1-34 KJV

(1)  Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.

(2)  And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

(3)  And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.

(4)  And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.

(5)  And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

(6)  But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.

(7)  And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

(8)  Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

(9)  And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;

(10)  The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.

(11)  And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.

(12)  Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham:

(13)  And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

(14)  And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,

(15)  Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:

(16)  These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

(17)  And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.

(18)  And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.

(19)  And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begat Isaac:

(20)  And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

(21)  And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

(22)  And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

(23)  And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

(24)  And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

(25)  And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

(26)  And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

(27)  And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

(28)  And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

(29)  And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:

(30)  And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

(31)  And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

(32)  And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

(33)  And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

(34)  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.




Thought For This Chapter…


Losing our birthright for temporal gain.  The selling of Esau’s birthright to Jacob remains as one of the saddest events found in the Bible.  Not only is the loss of the birthright heartbreaking, but the principle behind this event gives us a lesson we all should learn.


The basis of Esau selling his birthright rests in his over-exaggeration in what was about to take place.  In his mind he thought that “I am at the point to die…”  Esau got carried away with his emotions and believed that because of his extreme hunger, if he did not eat immediately, he would die.  Basically, Esau chose to sell that which held great future value for short, temporal, immediate gratification.


We may all be quick to find fault with Esau, and think that most people would not make the same choice.  But sadly, millions of people make this same choice every day of their lives.  Instead of choosing to come to Christ for permanent forgiveness, peace, and an eternal home with Him, they choose living a temporal life filled with the “pleasures of sin for a season” that will soon pass away like the wind or a blooming flower.


Folks, this is why telling others about Christ and living our lives for Him is so very important.  Every lost person that we know is in desperate need of Christ.  It will only be our loving kind words of truth and our consistent Godly testimony that will persuade them to choose that which is of greater value, the Lord Jesus Christ.


Or perhaps, someone is reading this today who has yet to come to Christ, leaving their sinful life behind.  If that is the case, I have one verse I would like to share with you that summarizes the great value we find in Christ and the need to gain Him through repentance and faith.  This section of Scripture is a parable Christ taught about His great value pictured by the pearl of great price.  The merchant man is a picture of lost mankind always in search of that which holds the greatest value…


Mat 13:45-46 KJV

(45)  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

(46)  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.



This merchant man chooses to give up all that he possessed (all his earthly pleasures) to gain the one Pearl that greatly excelled in value….. Jesus Christ.  If you have been searching all your life for the fulfillment of your greatest needs, look to Christ.  He alone can give you lasting peace, joy and an eternal home with Him.


Heb 12:2 KJV

(2)  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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