Abraham’s Death and His Descendants 25 1 Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 l 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 m 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 n sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward o to the east country. 7 These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life, 175 years. 8 Abraham p breathed his last and q died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9 Isaac and Ishmael r 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 s that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. t There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife. 11 After the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac settled at u Beer-lahai-roi. 12 These are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, v whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to Abraham. 13 w These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, named in the order of their birth: x Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael; and x Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, y Tema, z Jetur, z Naphish, and Kedemah. 16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, a twelve princes according to their tribes. 17 (These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He b breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.) 18 c They settled from Havilah to d Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled 1 over against all his kinsmen.
25 1 וַיֹּ֧סֶף אַבְרָהָ֛ם וַיִּקַּ֥ח אִשָּׁ֖ה וּשְׁמָ֥הּ קְטוּרָֽה ׃ 2 וַתֵּ֣לֶד ל֗וֹ אֶת ־ זִמְרָן֙ וְאֶת ־ יָקְשָׁ֔ן וְאֶת ־ מְדָ֖ן וְאֶת ־ מִדְיָ֑ן וְאֶת ־ יִשְׁבָּ֖ק וְאֶת ־ שֽׁוּחַ ׃ 3 וְיָקְשָׁ֣ן יָלַ֔ד אֶת ־ שְׁבָ֖א וְאֶת ־ דְּדָ֑ן וּבְנֵ֣י דְדָ֔ן הָי֛וּ אַשּׁוּרִ֥ם וּלְטוּשִׁ֖ים וּלְאֻמִּֽים ׃ 4 וּבְנֵ֣י מִדְיָ֗ן עֵיפָ֤ה וָעֵ֙פֶר֙ וַחֲנֹ֔ךְ וַאֲבִידָ֖ע וְאֶלְדָּעָ֑ה כָּל ־ אֵ֖לֶּה בְּנֵ֥י קְטוּרָֽה ׃ 5 וַיִּתֵּ֧ן אַבְרָהָ֛ם אֶת ־ כָּל ־ אֲשֶׁר ־ ל֖וֹ לְיִצְחָֽק ׃ 6 וְלִבְנֵ֤י הַפִּֽילַגְשִׁים֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר לְאַבְרָהָ֔ם נָתַ֥ן אַבְרָהָ֖ם מַתָּנֹ֑ת וַֽיְשַׁלְּחֵ֞ם מֵעַ֨ל יִצְחָ֤ק בְּנוֹ֙ בְּעוֹדֶ֣נּוּ חַ֔י קֵ֖דְמָה אֶל ־ אֶ֥רֶץ קֶֽדֶם ׃ 7 וְאֵ֗לֶּה יְמֵ֛י שְׁנֵֽי ־ חַיֵּ֥י אַבְרָהָ֖ם אֲשֶׁר ־ חָ֑י מְאַ֥ת שָׁנָ֛ה וְשִׁבְעִ֥ים שָׁנָ֖ה וְחָמֵ֥שׁ שָׁנִֽים ׃ 8 וַיִּגְוַ֨ע וַיָּ֧מָת אַבְרָהָ֛ם בְּשֵׂיבָ֥ה טוֹבָ֖ה זָקֵ֣ן וְשָׂבֵ֑עַ וַיֵּאָ֖סֶף אֶל ־ עַמָּֽיו ׃ 9 וַיִּקְבְּר֨וּ אֹת֜וֹ יִצְחָ֤ק וְיִשְׁמָעֵאל֙ בָּנָ֔יו אֶל ־ מְעָרַ֖ת הַמַּכְפֵּלָ֑ה אֶל ־ שְׂדֵ֞ה עֶפְרֹ֤ן בֶּן ־ צֹ֙חַר֙ הַֽחִתִּ֔י אֲשֶׁ֖ר עַל ־ פְּנֵ֥י מַמְרֵֽא ׃ 10 הַשָּׂדֶ֛ה אֲשֶׁר ־ קָנָ֥ה אַבְרָהָ֖ם מֵאֵ֣ת בְּנֵי ־ חֵ֑ת שָׁ֛מָּה קֻבַּ֥ר אַבְרָהָ֖ם וְשָׂרָ֥ה אִשְׁתּֽוֹ ׃ 11 וַיְהִ֗י אַחֲרֵי֙ מ֣וֹת אַבְרָהָ֔ם וַיְבָ֥רֶךְ אֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶת ־ יִצְחָ֣ק בְּנ֑וֹ וַיֵּ֣שֶׁב יִצְחָ֔ק עִם ־ בְּאֵ֥ר לַחַ֖י רֹאִֽי ׃ ס 12 וְאֵ֛לֶּה תֹּלְדֹ֥ת יִשְׁמָעֵ֖אל בֶּן ־ אַבְרָהָ֑ם אֲשֶׁ֨ר יָלְדָ֜ה הָגָ֧ר הַמִּצְרִ֛ית שִׁפְחַ֥ת שָׂרָ֖ה לְאַבְרָהָֽם ׃ 13 וְאֵ֗לֶּה שְׁמוֹת֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׁמָעֵ֔אל בִּשְׁמֹתָ֖ם לְתוֹלְדֹתָ֑ם בְּכֹ֤ר יִשְׁמָעֵאל֙ נְבָיֹ֔ת וְקֵדָ֥ר וְאַדְבְּאֵ֖ל וּמִבְשָֽׂם ׃ 14 וּמִשְׁמָ֥ע וְדוּמָ֖ה וּמַשָּֽׂא ׃ 15 חֲדַ֣ד וְתֵימָ֔א יְט֥וּר נָפִ֖ישׁ וָקֵֽדְמָה ׃ 16 אֵ֣לֶּה הֵ֞ם בְּנֵ֤י יִשְׁמָעֵאל֙ וְאֵ֣לֶּה שְׁמֹתָ֔ם בְּחַצְרֵיהֶ֖ם וּבְטִֽירֹתָ֑ם שְׁנֵים ־ עָשָׂ֥ר נְשִׂיאִ֖ם לְאֻמֹּתָֽם ׃ 17 וְאֵ֗לֶּה שְׁנֵי֙ חַיֵּ֣י יִשְׁמָעֵ֔אל מְאַ֥ת שָׁנָ֛ה וּשְׁלֹשִׁ֥ים שָׁנָ֖ה וְשֶׁ֣בַע שָׁנִ֑ים וַיִּגְוַ֣ע וַיָּ֔מָת וַיֵּאָ֖סֶף אֶל ־ עַמָּֽיו ׃ 18 וַיִּשְׁכְּנ֨וּ מֵֽחֲוִילָ֜ה עַד ־ שׁ֗וּר אֲשֶׁר֙ עַל ־ פְּנֵ֣י מִצְרַ֔יִם בֹּאֲכָ֖ה אַשּׁ֑וּרָה עַל ־ פְּנֵ֥י כָל ־ אֶחָ֖יו נָפָֽל ׃ פ
Abraham dies but God's blessing continues on Introduction The final piece of the transition. Fear of the future? God's very own name speaks into that - I AM WHO I AM; I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE. As we come to learn his utterly unchangeable nature, we come to trust and boldly delight in trusting him into the unknown future. 1. Abraham dies, a greatly blessed man (v1-10) one short 'seam' v2 nations descended from Abraham (e.g., Midianites - who feature later with Joseph and again with Moses) v5 the line of focus will follow Isaac; he carries the promise. v6 blessing in the form of gifts to the others, but sent elsewhere so as not to hinder Isaac. v8-9 buried in the toehold of land he owned. By his two sons. Stand back and compare this brief chapter with 12, or 16. Abram, the no-name wanderer, carrying much shame. The one who passively walks into a mess with Hagar. Now here he is, aged, mighty, wealthy, with already numerous descendants. And Ishmael himself richly blessed. And Isaac blessed by God himself. 2. God's blessing continues without stopping (v11-18) v11 God blessed Isaac; this is hugely significant. Remember the significance of 'blessing' in Genesis - begins right there in Genesis 1, is repeated after the flood, and then repeated again with Abraham and his line. v12-18 another 'seam'. He did indeed become a great nation, with 12 princes descended from him. Hostility still a theme. God's glory : He graciously blessed Isaac after blessing Abraham. His promise to bless simply will not be stopped - even by death. FCF : We think the blessing will run out somehow. We are unable to learn the lessons from the past about God's future faithfulness. Irreligious person - without the gospel, thinks we live in a chaotic and unpredictable world. Inevitably, leads to some form of paganism. Religious person - without the gospel, thinks we live with a distant, inconsistent, hard-to-please God. Person of Jesus: Before Abraham was, I AM. He himself is the One who blesses; heals; restores; gives life; multiplies. I AM the bread of life, the light of the world, etc. As the Father has life in himself, so he has granted Jesus to have life in himself. And Jesus is the constant life-giver, the giver of unending blessing. Work of Jesus : He is the One who endures the hostility from his brothers. Who becomes the cursed One; alone, mocked, suffering God's punishment. The Giver of the blessing becomes the object of the curse. He is raised; God's commitment to bless will not be stopped by death (cf 'I AM the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob - the Scriptures and the power of God') Union with Jesus : We say, blessed be God. We know (eg cf Psalm 115), 'God will bless us!', and 'God has blessed us!' Since I am raised and seated in Jesus, the location of all the Father's blessings. Repentance . I can stop fearing the future, that God's blessing will run out. Faith . I can turn back to courageous faith, and keep coming to Jesus, the God who blesses. Wrap up: The great I AM has been revealed and explained to us in Jesus of Nazareth. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And so we trust him and can rest boldly in the unknown future.