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GENESIS 25:1-8
Genesis 25 records the closing events in Abraham's life. In his last days, he made
provision that Isaac would receive all of his inheritance.
In addition to Isaac, Abraham had a son by Hagar and six others by Keturah. Abraham
had married Keturah after Sarah's death. Abraham wanted to make it clear to his other

sons that Isaac was the chosen son of promise. By giving gifts to the other sons and
sending them away, Abraham took the necessary steps to make Isaac's position free
from as many difficulties as possible.
After Abraham had given all that he had unto Isaac, we are told, "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. And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of
Machpelah" (vv. 8-9). This was the cave that Abraham had purchased to bury Sarah in.
God's ways of working are seen in the last statement concerning Abraham: "And it came
to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac" (v. 11).
From Abraham's life recorded in the Old Testament and from verses recorded in the
New Testament, we see that God's purpose in placing man on earth is so that man
might do His will. Our highest goal is to glorify God by doing His will.
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have
formed him; yea, I have made him (Isa. 43:7).
Theodore Epp

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