Chapter 23 begins with the death of Abraham's wife, Sarah. She lived to be 127 years old and died in the land of Canaan. The Hittites offered Abraham a tomb to bury his wife, but Abraham bought it and the field around it for four hundred shekels of silver. (A shekel is worth about 64¢. In today's money the land was worth about $256.)
With sixty-six verses, chapter 24 is one of the longer chapters in the Book of Genesis. By this time Abraham was very old. Before he died, he wanted his son Isaac to have a wife. Abraham told his chief servant to go and find Isaac a wife. However, he made the servant swear that he would not look for a wife for Isaac among the Canaanites.
The servant set out for the town of Nahor, in Abraham's native land. When the servant came to a well outside the town he rested to water his camels. While he was resting, he prayed that God would send him the right girl. Verse 15 tells us that before he had finished praying, Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor, offered the servant water and she watered the camels. The servant praised the Lord because he knew that Rebekah was the girl he was looking for to be the wife of Isaac.
Rebekah took the servant back to her house where he told his story. The next morning the servant and Rebekah, her nurse and maids, made their way back to Abraham. As they approached where Abraham and Isaac were living, Isaac saw them coming and went out to meet them. Isaac took Rebekah back to the tent of his mother and they were married. Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah.
Chapter 25 tells us that Abraham took another wife named Keturah, who gave him many sons. Upon his death, Abraham left all that he owned to his son Isaac, but he did bless the sons of Keturah. Abraham lived 175 years. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him with his wife Sarah.
Verses 12-18 tell us of Ishmael's death and give us the account of his sons. Ishmael lived 137 years. His descendants lived in hostility toward each other.
Beginning in verse 21 we read about the birth of Isaac's two sons, Jacob and Esau. Isaac prayed for Rebekah to have babies, and she became pregnant with two babies. Before they were born, God told her, ''Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger'” (25:23). The first baby born had red hair and was red all over; his parents named him Esau. When his brother came out he was holding the heel of his brother; his parents named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when the boys were born.
When the boys grew up Esau became a hunter, while Jacob was a quiet man. Isaac had a taste for wild game, and he loved Esau. Their mother, however, loved Jacob. One day Esau came in from hunting and was very hungry. Jacob was cooking some stew, and Esau wanted some of it. Jacob told him, ''First sell me your birthright'” (25:31). So Esau swore an oath to Jacob, selling him his birthright. Verse 34 says, 'So Esau despised his birthright.”
Chapter 26 tells us there was a famine in the land, and God directed Isaac to go to Gerar. God reconfirmed the oath that He had sworn to Abraham. ''I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed'” (26:4).
As his father had done when he stayed in Gerar, Isaac told everyone that Rebekah was his sister. When King Abimelech saw Isaac caressing Rebekah he summoned Isaac and said, ''She is really your wife! Why did you say, 'She is my sister”?'” (26:9). Then the king gave orders that anyone who harmed Isaac or his wife would be put to death.
Isaac planted crops and reaped a hundredfold harvest, and the Lord enabled him to become very wealthy. His Philistine neighbors became jealous and stopped up all his wells. Then Abimelech told Isaac, ''Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us'” (26:16).
At Beersheba the Lord appeared to Isaac and told him that He would bless him and increase the number of his descendants. 'Isaac built an altar and called on the name of the Lord” (26:25).
King Abimelech realized that God had blessed Isaac, so he visited Isaac and made a treaty with him. That same day Isaac's servants dug a well and found water (26:32).
Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. Memorizing the Bible verse at the bottom of the worksheet will help you learn God's Word. May God bless you as you study His Word.
Genesis 23 to 26 Worksheet
Sarah lived to be 127 years old and died in the land of ______ (23:1-2).
Abraham was very old, and he wanted his son Isaac to have a ____ (24:1-5).
Abraham told his chief servant to find Isaac a wife from among Abraham's relatives in _____.
The servant stopped at the well outside Nahor and prayed that God would send him the right ____.
'Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her ________” (24:15).
Rebekah 'was the ________ of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham's brother.”
Abraham's servant _________ God for leading him to the house of Abraham's relatives (24:26-27).
Rebekah's brother, _____, welcomed Abraham's servant and invited him home with him (24:31).
The next day the servant and _______ made their way back to Abraham and Isaac (24:61).
Isaac married Rebekah, and he loved her and was _________ after his mother's death (24:67).
Abraham died at ___ years old and left all that he owned to his son _____ (25:5-7).
Ishmael died at 137 years, and his descendants lived in _________ toward each other (25:17-18).
The first baby born had red hair and was red all over; his parents named him ____ (25:25).
When his brother came out he was holding the heel of his brother; his parents named him _____.
When the boys grew up Esau sold his __________ to Jacob for some stew (25:31-34).
At Beersheba the Lord appeared to Isaac and said that He would bless him and ________ the number of his descendants (26:24).
Memory Verse: 'An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad” (Proverbs 29:6).
Go to the Word
Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
Genesis 23:10 Genesis 24:52 Genesis 24:10 Genesis 24:8
Genesis 24:17 Genesis 25:24 Genesis 26:24 Genesis 23:6
''Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty ______ among us. Bury your ____ Genesis ______
in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for
'______ the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham Genesis ______
in the _______ of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city.”
''If the _____ is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released Genesis ______
from this oath of mine.'”
'The _______ hurried to meet her and said, 'Please give me a little water Genesis ______
'When Abraham's _______ heard what they said, he bowed down to the Genesis ______
'When the time came for her to give _____, there were twin boys in her Genesis ______
'Then the _______ took ten of his master's camels and left, taking with him Genesis ______
all _____ of good things from his master.”
'That night the Lord appeared to him and said, 'I am the ___ of your father Genesis ______
Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will _____ you and will
increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.'”