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Week 5 Day 4 Genesis 25 Matthew 24

15 February, 2015

Genesis 25
ABRAHAM TOOK another wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. (‭Genesis‬ ‭25‬:‭1-2‬ AMP) All these children yet these were not prophesied about when God said Abraham’s descendants would equal the stars.

Now this is the history of the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bore to Abraham. (‭Genesis‬ ‭25‬:‭12‬ AMP) Now if I have my nations right, this is the nation of Iraq.

Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Padan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean. (‭Genesis‬ ‭25‬:‭20‬ AMP) So now we learn that Isaac wasn’t a teenager when Abraham sent his servant out to find Rebekah, but he was a grown and mature man.

And Isaac prayed much to the Lord for his wife because she was unable to bear children; and the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife became pregnant. [Two] children struggled together within her; and she said, If it is so [that the Lord has heard our prayer], why am I like this? And she went to inquire of the Lord. (‭Genesis‬ ‭25‬:‭21-22‬ AMP) Such honesty and heart. And not only does Isaac go straight to God but so does Rebekah.

The Lord said to her, [The founders of] two nations are in your womb, and the separation of two peoples has begun in your body; the one people shall be stronger than the other, and the elder shall serve the younger. (‭Genesis‬ ‭25‬:‭23‬ AMP) Setting up the hierarchy of her twins.

Jacob answered, Then sell me today your birthright (the rights of a firstborn). Esau said, See here, I am at the point of death; what good can this birthright do me? Jacob said, Swear to me today [that you are selling it to me]; and he swore to [Jacob] and sold him his birthright. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils, and he ate and drank and rose up and went his way. Thus Esau scorned his birthright as beneath his notice. (‭Genesis‬ ‭25‬:‭31-34‬ AMP) Jacob used his advantage , his brother’s hunger, as a way to entice his inheritance. Jacob was lucky his brother was more concerned with his hunger – his immediate want – than with his long term legacy.

Matthew 24
JESUS DEPARTED from the temple area and was going on His way when His disciples came up to Him to call His attention to the buildings of the temple and point them out to Him. But He answered them, Do you see all these? Truly I tell you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭1-2‬ AMP) Church as we know it will be torn down. So why is it we often strive to go back to the way it was? What are we afraid of?

And this good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭14‬ AMP) things will change from the days of old before the end times. Are we in them now? I’m sure there are plenty of ages who would hope they were in the end days so as to get freedom.

And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would endure and survive, but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭22‬ AMP) We don’t know when this will happen and no doubt in the Dark Ages and, even more recently, the holocaust, the Christians and Jews would have been at the end of their ropes.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and beat their breasts and lament in anguish, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory [in brilliancy and splendor]. [Dan. 7:13; Rev. 1:7.] (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭30‬ AMP) I don’t know what that sign is. Whether it is Jesus descending on the clouds as he left *spoilers* or something else but I do know we will recognise it.

So also when you see these signs, all taken together, coming to pass, you may know of a surety that He is near, at the very doors. Truly I tell you, this generation (the whole multitude of people living at the same time, in a definite, given period) will not pass away till all these things taken together take place. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭33-34‬ AMP) And then I think He jumps to His time and His coming. Fulfilling the prophecies by His death and resurrection

And they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away–so will be the coming of the Son of Man. [Gen. 6:5-8; 7:6-24.] At that time two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭39-40‬ AMP) And then it seems to swing to our future. Our time.

The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour of which he is not aware, And will punish him [cut him up by scourging] and put him with the pretenders (hypocrites); there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭50-51‬ AMP) To be a religious leader – the servant who doesn’t respect his master would be daunting to be accountable.

Selah

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