Read or Listen to Genesis Chapter 25 here.

The Next Generation begins.

  • Discuss possible reasons for Abraham to keep Isaac’s family separate from the rest of his children.

  • What to you think about Ishmael and Isaac both being present at Abraham’s burial?

  • Compare Genesis 25:18 with Genesis 16:12. What does this tell us about God? Ishmael? Does this have any bearing on current world events?

  • Genesis 25:19-26 describe the birth of Isaac’s sons, Esau and Jacob.  How does their birth foreshadow their futures?

  • Discuss Isaac’s intercession on Rebekah’s behalf in regard to having children.  Is there a principle here regarding husband and wife relationships?

  • Genesis 25:27-14 recount a major mistake in Esau’s life. Discuss the story. What do you think of Esau’s behavior? What about Jacob’s behavior?

  • Compare this story with Hebrews 12:16-17. What was wrong with Esaus’ behavior? Why does the writer of Hebrews condemn Esau so strongly?

  • Did anything stand out in your reading today that you could share with someone else?