Gen. 25:1-4  Abraham and Keturah

            Gen. 25:1 "Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim. 4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah." 

            In this passage we have a statement concerning Abraham's marriage to Keturah after the death of Sarah.  We notice that he had 6 sons by Keturah.  Not a lot is said in the scriptures about most of these sons.  However, Midian is mentioned often and his descendents became a nation in which the Israelites would have a lot of dealings with in the future. 

            While, it is often that we may not know the significance of some of the listings of genealogies, we should not make the assumption that they are not important.  Just because we may not see the significance does not mean that God will not reveal the significance to someone else.  I have had the experience of wondering about some things in genealogies in the past and later the Lord opened my understanding of the significance.  While I do not currently understand the significance of this genealogy, I look forward to the time the Lord may open my understanding.

Gen. 25:5, 6  Sons of Keturah

            Gen. 25:5 "And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. 6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country."  At the weaning of Isaac, Abraham had sent Hagar and Ishmael away by the direction of the LORD that the son of the freewoman would not be heir with the son of the freewoman.  Now in keeping with this direction, Abraham sends away the sons of Keturah, even though there is no indication that Keturah was a bondwoman.  Yet, these sons were not in the same position that Isaac was.  Isaac was the only son of promise and he would occupy a more favored position because of this. 

            Abraham did not send these sons of Keturah away empty handed, but he gave gifts unto them.  No doubt, Abraham loved these children even as he had loved Ishmael, yet because of the promise of God, Isaac was favored. 

Gen. 25:7-11  Life and Death of Abraham

            Gen. 25:7 "And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. 8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. 9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre; 10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife. 11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi." 

            We are given certain details about the life and death of Abraham in this passage:

                        1.  Abraham lived to be an hundred and seventy five years old.  While that may seem like a long time to us today, yet it shows us that the lifetime of men was shortening after the flood.  Nearly every successive lifetime after the flood is shortened.  This is in harmony with what God taught earlier.  This continued until the average lifespan was about 70 year of age.

                        2.  When Abraham died we read of four different things that happened to him.  First, he gave up the ghost.  When the soul (ghost) departs the body, death ensues.  Death, of course, is the second thing that happened to Abraham.  The third thing is that he was gathered to his people.  This is referring to the fact that when the soul and spirit of a child of God departs the body, then it goes unto heaven where others who have gone before are waiting (he was gathered to his people).  The fourth thing that happened to Abraham is that his body was buried. 

                        3.  Abraham had prepared previously for the burial of his body along with the body of Sarah.  Abraham believed in the resurrection and perhaps desired that he rise up with Sarah in that great day of the resurrection of the bodies of God's people.

                        4.  Ishmael and Isaac together buried the body of Abraham.  While these two were in many ways quite different, they shared a love and devotion to their father Abraham.  Likewise, the descendants of both sons often are at war with one another, yet they both claim Abraham as their nations father. 

                        5.  "And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi."  Now, this is not to imply that God did not bless Ishmael, but rather it is an indication that God had special blessings for Isaac.  From this point on for the next few chapters, our attention will be turned from God's dealings with Abraham to God's dealings with Isaac. 

                        6.  The place of Isaac's dwelling was called "Lahairoi."  This name means the "well of the living one."  Thus, Isaac was dwelling by the "well of the living one."  Likewise, if we are living as the disciples of Christ, we are dwelling by the "well of the living one."