This is a VERY interesting chapter. Much happens, yet only the last segment really receives the limelight in most Sunday School and sermon teachings.
First off, Abraham remarries (Sarah having died). He then has a bunch more kids. Hands up if you also thought Abraham’s only kids were Ishmael and Isaac? Yep, me too! One of these kids was named Midian. Could he be the father of the Midianites, with whom Israel had a love/hate relationship with later on? (Moses found a wife among them, but Gideon defeated them in battle down the track). Continue reading
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The premise for this chapter is mildly confusing. Abraham seems to be wildly popular wherever he travels, in every land he visits, the people seem to love him. Yet despite all this love going on between different races, Abraham insists that Isaac’s bride be found among his own people. Why so against foreign women after getting along with everyone so well??? And to complicate matters further, Abraham doesn’t want Isaac to return to his own people. Yet he wants Isaac to marry one of them. It’s a bit confusing, don’t you think? Let me know if you have any solutions to that one. Continue reading
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