Tag Archive: Ishmael


Abraham Marries Keturah

“All of Abraham’s sons other than Isaac are eventually sent away, presumably to insure preeminence to Isaac and his descendants.”

Read Genesis 25:1-6

Death of Abraham

“The Genesis record closes its account of Abraham’s life with a brief account of his death and burial.  Significantly, Ishmael and Isaac bury not only their father, but also (at least temporarily) any hostility which may have come between them over the years.”

Read Genesis 25:7-10

Last Account of Ishmael

“Because the Genesis record will soon concentrate exclusively on the life of Isaac and his descendants, a last account of Ishmael and his sons is given at this point.”

Read Genesis 25:12-18

Esau and Jacob

“The remainder of the Genesis record provides an in-depth look at Isaac’s children and grandchildren.  The people whose lives are recorded exhibit both the best and worst of human nature, typifying the moral struggles which encompass the human predicament and pointing up the need for a God who can lift mankind above its own circumstances.

The scene for the next 150 years is set when Rebekah gives birth to twins and is told prophetically that these two sons will be the fathers of nations which will in time struggle with each other for dominance.”

Read Genesis 25:11, 25:19-26

“As Esau and Jacob grow into manhood, they take on individual characteristics and become especially favored: Esau, by Isaac; Jacob, by Rebekah.”

Read Genesis 25:27-28

Birthright Is Sold

“An incident having extraordinary consequences is now recorded which not only gives insight into the character of each man, but also has important implications for the further descent of the people through whom God has chosen to reveal himself.”

Read Genesis 25:29-34

“Careless, and apparently disinterested in the benefits and responsibilities attendant to the birthright, Esau unknowingly forfeits his opportunity to be the one in his generation through whom the blessings promised to his grandfather Abraham would pass.  In fact, pursuant to the prophecy given to Rebekah, in future years Esau’s descendants will indeed be subservient to the Hebrews, who will be the direct descendants of Jacob.”

Isaac Follows in Abraham’s Footsteps

As his two sons engage in fraternal conflict, Isaac himself experiences moral conflict in a series of situations which are amazingly parallel to situations experienced by his father, Abraham.  First Isaac encounters a famine and is forced to migrate to Gerar, where he lies about Rebekah exactly as Abraham lied about Sarah, and finally has similar disputes over the same wells previously dug by his father.”

Read Genesis 26:1-33

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

Abraham Deceives Abimelek

“The Genesis account records that Abraham once again lies about his true relationship with Sarah — this time to a pre-Philistine father-king whose titular name is Abimelek.  Despite all his outstanding qualities, Abraham appears to have a tendency toward deception.  Interestingly enough, that same character flaw will be seen again in his son and grandsons.  It simply stands as a warning that even men and women of faith can lapse into great sin.

As a Canaanite, Abimelek is not a believer in the true God, and undoubtedly engages in common heathen practices.  Yet he asserts in his defense to God that he has acted in good conscience, even if he is somehow still guilty in God’s eyes; then he responds to divine rebuke with repentance, generosity, and kindness.”

Read Genesis 20

The Birth of Isaac

“Even during a period of extended lifespans, with Abraham and 100 and Sarah at 90 years of age, in human terms childbirth would have been impossible.”

Read Genesis 21:1-7

Abraham and Abimelek Settle Dispute

“The Genesis account records Abimelek’s diplomatic move to protect his won political position by entering into a treaty of mutual peace with Abraham.  Even in modern times the city of Beersheba, meaning Well of Seven or Well of the Oath, stands as a tribute to the amicable attitude with which these two men defused a potentially explosive situation.”

Read Genesis 21:22-34

Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael

“Sarah knows that Ishmael, now a lad of 17, is mocking young Isaac, and that he also represents a threat to Isaac’s right of inheritance.  It is therefore Sarah’s wish that Abraham cast out Ishmael, along with his mother, Hagar.  Abraham is reluctant to do so but God, for his own reasons, instructs Abraham to do as Sarah has requested, and Abraham makes the painful separation.

As Ishmael and his mother wander through the desert region, and their supply of water finally runs out, Hagar lapses into despair.  But God responds by providing a well of water, and he reassures Hagar that Ishmael will be the father of a nation.”

Read Genesis 21:8-21

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

God’s Covenant with Abram

“With the passing of time Abram begins to be concerned that he and Sarai still have no children.  When God restates his earlier promise that Abram’s descendants would inherit the land, Abram asks God for a sign that his promise is true.  God graciously overlooks Abram’s insecurity and instructs Abram to prepare for a covenant after the manner in which agreements are commonly sealed during this time. 

Perhaps the most significant statement at this point in the record of Abram is the fact that, when God promises Abram children, Abram believes God.  As will soon be evident, Abram is still not so sure that children will come through himself and Sarai, but never again will he fail to trust that by God’s power he will somehow have offspring.”

Read Genesis 15

Birth of Ishmael Through Hagar

“Almost 10 years have passed since God renewed his promise that Abram would have children.  Although both Abram and Sarai continue to believe that it will happen, Sarai apparently begins to wonder if the promise specifically includes her as the mother of Abram’s offspring. 

With Hagar’s pregnancy, however, it soon becomes clear that the plan is fraught with problems.  (It is noteworthy that in centuries to follow there will be conflict in the Middle East between the Arabs, who descend from Ishmael and the Jews, who are descendants from Ishmael’s stepbrother, a son soon to be born.)”

Read Genesis 16

Names and Circumcision as Signs of Covenant

“The Genesis record is silent as to what events transpire over the next few years.  However, the door to history is once again opened some 13 years after Ishmael’s birth.  At this time God appears once again to Abram in order to restate his promises and to confirm his prior covenant with Abram.  A happy part of God’s appearance to Abraham is the surprise announcement that Sarah herself will bear the son of promise.

Two signs are given to mark the occasion.  The first involves the changing of Abram’s and Sarai’s names and a second sign; the rite of circumcision for all the males in Abraham’s household.”

Read Genesis 17

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible
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