Today there are three chapters.
January 12: John 11, Genesis 24, Genesis 25 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
John 11 starts out with Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (on the fourth day no less). Then comes Caiaphas’ inadvertent prophecy “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
Genesis 24 tells the beautiful story of Isaac and Rebekah.
After Sarah’s death, In Genesis 25 Abraham marries his concubine Ketorah, who has already borne him six children. Before his death he sends them all away and gives everything to Isaac. Isaac and Ishmael buries Abraham, and then is Ihmael’s genealogy written down. Finally is the story of Jacob and Esau, and how Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew and some bread.
After Sarah’s death Abraham married one of his concubines. Keturah already had six sons with Abraham, according to first Chronicles:
Ishmael was there at Abraham’s death, and helped bury Abraham. Thus he had not moved far away yet.
Of particular interest is Ishmael’s second son, Kedar. His name is closely associated with Arabia. But Kedar lived much closer to Jerusalem than what the Muslims suggest. They claim he moved to what is now Mecca, but according to Isaiah 60:7 he must have lived much closer.
All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you,
the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings on my altar,
and I will adorn my glorious temple.
The lambs and other animals used for sacrifices were raised much nearer Jerusalem so they could more easily be driven as herds.
And this is the reason God said: Esau have I hated. Esau did not consider the spiritual dimension of his birthright.