Sarah died at the age of 127 years and Abraham took another wife: Keturah, who bears him six more sons: Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Dedan. Unwilling to allow his son Isaac to marry a Canaanite woman Abraham sends one of his servants back to his relatives in Northwest Mesopotamia. The Lord guided the servant who brought back Rebecca, daughter of Bethuel. Isaac was 40 when he married. When he was 60, twin sons, Jacob and Esau were born.
From the time that Abraham left Haran he lived in tents and moved from place to place taking his flocks and herds with him After his return from Egypt and separation from Lot, Abraham seems to have spent much of his time in Canaan encamped near the great Oak trees of Mamre at Hebron. Abraham made alliances with the local Amorites leaders and led them during the operation to rescue Lot He was held in great esteem by his neighbours although he considered himself to be only a resident alien . Abraham was recognised as a person of substance and when he went down to Egypt and is said to have left that country a rich man. When called upon he could muster 318 trained men for battle, so the total number of his household must have been at least twice that. Later when dealing with Abimelech king of Gerar, Abraham is treated as an equal as is indicated by the parity treaty that they established.
These things happened nearly 4,000 years ago, and at first they do not seem to matter very much to us. But Abraham had a son who was greater than Isaac. The first verse of the New Testament (Matthew 1:1 ) speaks of: "Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham." Jesus, too, was the promised son of Abraham. Paul tells us this in Galatians 3:16: "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." So the promises made to Abraham - that he would live for ever in the land of Israel and be a blessing to all nations, were also promises made to the Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus comes again to rule from Jerusalem, we shall see these promises fulfilled.
If we believe in Jesus, and do what he asks us, we too may share these promises. We become "Abraham's seed" (children) by believing and being baptized into Jesus Christ. This is exactly what Paul says in Galatians 3:27-29:... "For as many of you as have been baptised into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's then are you Abraham's seed, and joint heirs according to the promise."
Timeline of the third 1000 Years - continued
Time of Job' Trial 1843 - Birth of Job 2027
1700 Horse-drawn chariot introduced in Near East.
Joseph becomes Prime Minister of Egypt in 1686
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