Today we find a lesser known woman of Genesis in chapter 25.
Her name is Keturah.
Not much is said about Keturah. Her name appears twice in Genesis, in verses 1 and 4.
In true Old Testament fashion she is listed along with the names of her sons and grandsons.
So who was Keturah?
She was Abraham’s concubine or additional wife.
Abraham in his old age… really old age… he’s now well into his 100’s, took another wife.
Genesis 25: 1 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. 3 Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.
Personally I believe that this happened after Sarah’s passing which is recorded in Genesis 23. In Genesis 24 we learned that Isaac married Rebekah. If we put it all together, Sarah passes and Isaac get’s married, we can understand that Abraham probably became lonely. Out of loneliness he took another wife. Or maybe he just wanted to continue having children to increase his descendants even more. Regardless, Abraham marries Keturah and she makes it into history.
Keturah means “incense” 1. She had six sons with Abraham and that’s all we know.
I always enjoy coming across unknown women in the bible. It reminds me that no matter our position we can make history.
I long to impact the world around me and live a life that is to be remember for generations to come. To leave a thumbprint on this world. A legacy.
My Prayer for You:
Lord, I ask you to use Keturah’s name to remind us of our significance. The fact that you created us makes us valuable. I ask you to remind my readers of their worth in you. I ask that you stir their hearts. You created them with purpose. I pray that they may seek that purpose with which you knit them together. I pray that they may walk in you in such a way that they may leave an amazing legacy for the generations to come. That one day someone may say their name and praise you for how you moved through them. I thank you because we are chosen by you. Thank you for using us. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Memory Verse: Matthew 10:31
Matt 10:31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.