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Genesis 25:19-21a

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[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 25:19 . .This is the story of Isaac, son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac.[/B]

The word for "son" is [I]ben[/I] (bane) and is used like American's use a middle name. Isaac's whole name is: Isaac ben Abraham. It's a common idiom in the Old Testament, and found in the New Testament too.

"They said: Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say? "I came down from heaven" (John 6:42)

The Lord's Greek name is [I]lesous[/I] (ee-ay-souce') which is equivalent to the Hebrew name [I]Yehowshuwa'[/I] (yeh-ho-shoo'-ah) which means: Joshua.

His dad's name in Greek is [I]loseph[/I] (ee-o-safe') which is equivalent to the Hebrew name [I]Yowceph[/I] (yo-safe') which means Joseph. So "Jesus, the son of Joseph" in hybridized English and Hebrew: is Joshua ben Joseph.

[B][SIZE=2]NOTE[/SIZE]:[/B] The English spelling of Hebrew words often disagree with the spellings used by Orthodox Jews because there is no set standard for rendering Hebrew words in English form as yet so it's not uncommon for discrepancies to occur.

[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 25:20a . . Isaac was forty years old when he took to wife Rebecca,[/B]

Forty years-old might seem a bit late in life to get married for the first time, but in those days, a forty year-old man was still quite young.

The life expectancy of the average US male born in 2007 is 75[B].[/B]4 years. Isaac lived to 180; so at his marriage to Rebecca, he was about the equivalent of a modern 17 year-old. Jacob himself didn't marry Leah and Rachel and until he was over 80-- attesting to the robust health and longevity that men enjoyed in those days.

[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 25:20b . . daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean.[/B]

The identity of Rebecca's mom remains a total mystery. By the time of Moses, uncle Laban was a large figure in Jewish history and you can safely bet the people of Israel were very familiar with that old rascal's ways. He mistreated not only Jacob, but also Leah and Rachel too, so he's not too popular with the people of Israel even today; seeing as how he was unkind and dishonest with their sacred ancestors and all.

The holiday of Purim commemorates an Agagite named Haman, who tried to exterminate the Jews in Esther's day. Maybe there should be a memorial for Laban too. Although he wasn't a villain on the scale of Haman, he nevertheless made ol' Jacob's life pretty miserable there for a while.

[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 25:21a . . Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren;[/B]

Oh no. Not again! It seems like all the really good-looking girls among Terah's female grandchildren had some sort of infertility condition.

Supposing Isaac never prayed for Rebecca. Would she have children? Absolutely! God gave his word to Abraham in Gen 17:19 that Isaac would become a very numerous people. So Rebecca, Isaac's divinely selected wife, was going to be a mommy; it was only a matter of time. But about one thing I think we can be sure of: Isaac didn't want to wait until Rebecca was ninety years old like his mom before having their first baby.

This is now the second time that the people of Israel were perpetuated by a miracle-- proving they are no ordinary people, but a people who wouldn't exist at all if God hadn't willed them into existence and into perpetuity..

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