Abraham

Reu the Companion in Death

“And it came to pass that Peleg was thirty years old and he begat Reu. And after he begat Reu, Peleg lived two-hundred and nine years. And he begat sons and daughters.” (Genesis 11:18-19)   Here we find the first real indications that the effect of the Fall upon our lifespan is progressive, for Peleg’s […]

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Faith of Our Fathers

“And it came to pass that Isaac and Ishmael, his sons, buried him in the cave of Makpelah — the one in the field of Ephron the son of Tsohar the Hittite  which is in the direction of Mamre — the field which Abraham bought from the sons of the Hittites. There Abraham was buried […]

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He died with Good Grey Hair

“These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived: one-hundred and seventy-five years. Abraham perished and died with good grey hair, an old man and fulfilled. And he was gathered to his people.” (Genesis 25:8)   These are the final words recorded in the narrative of the life of Abraham. What […]

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The Sending …

“But to the sons of the concubines of Abraham, Abraham gave gifts. And he sent them away from Isaac during his life — eastward, to the land in the east.” (Genesis 25:6)   Before Abraham sends his sons (those not of Sarah) away, he gives to each gifts — a practice that is remarkably ahead […]

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All He Had to Isaac

“And Abraham gave all that was his to Isaac.” (Genesis 25:5)   As with Ishmael, the other sons of Abraham are not meant for the covenant — the covenant line shall be set through Isaac. And thus Isaac is the inheritor of his father’s estate, but he is also the inheritor of something far more […]

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Children of Midian

“And the sons of Midyan were Eyphah, Epher, Chanok, Abiyda, and Elddaah. All these were the sons of Keturah.” (Genesis 25:4)   Moses gives us the final listing of the grandsons of Abraham and Keturah, in this case through the line of Midyan (Midian). These are the sons who will establish the tribes of the […]

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The Children of Keturah

“And she bore to him: Zimran, Yoqshan, Medan, Midyan, Yishbaq, and Shuach.”   And here the children of Abraham and Keturah are remembered by name. Zimran: Likely derived from the Hebrew word rAmÎz (zamar), which refers to the playing of an instrument or the singing of praise to God. Children are indeed a blessing and […]

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