In The Beginning God Part 11

Kingwell By Kingwell, 19th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3d5kgxk5/
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Abraham and Sarah have a son in their old age and name him Isaac. Sarah insists that Ishmael and Hagar must leave as she does not want the son of the bondwoman growing up with Isaac.

Isaac Is Born

You will remember that God has been telling Abraham for some time now that his wife Sarah will have a son and that both of them had scoffed at the idea when they first heard it. After all these were modern times they may have thought, and not like the old days when people were supposed to have lived hundreds of years and had children even then. Perhaps they thought of such stories as myths, after all they had never known a woman of ninety years to have a baby - why the whole idea was preposterous! Obviously God was simply pulling his leg. Not so as we are soon to learn!

When Sarah first heard God make the promise to her husband we are told "Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women" Genesis 18:11 this is why she laughed because she knew that it was impossible. Now we have all heard it said that nothing is impossible with God and apparently it is true - or at least it was in the time of Abraham and Sarah. We are told in Genesis 21:1 "and the Lord visited Sarah" - It seems that God also restored her youthful body because almost immediately she gets pregnant! Nine months later a son is born to the elderly couple and Abraham gives him the name Isaac. Sarah is deliriously happy and of course there was no other child like her child!

Hagar And Her Son Sent Away.

Abraham has a big party on the day that Isaac is weaned and things are going fine until Sarah sees Ishmael (remember he too is Abraham's son that was born to Sarah's handmaid Hagar) mocking them. Well, this is just too much for the new mother! In no way is she going to have this boy around her son Isaac! She tells Abraham "cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac". Genesis 21:10.

As you might expect Abraham is not pleased about this for after all, Ishmael too is his son. Soon however, God speaks to him again “let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed”. Genesis 21:12-13. Who knows what Abraham had to put up with around these two women for all those years! He may have been hoping to find some peace at last now that God had promised to look after Ishmael. In any case he got up early in the morning and giving them some bread and a bottle of water sent Hagar and her son away.

Ishmael To Become A Great Nation

We next find Hagar in the wilderness of Beersheba, the bread and water are gone and she is weeping over her son. She has left him under a shrub and moved some distance away because she does not want to see him die and she knows well that they cannot live very long in the area without water. Such is not to be the case however, for God hears the boy crying. “And the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said “what aileth thee Hagar? Fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation”. Genesis 21:17-18. When Hagar looks around her she sees a well of water and goes and fills the bottle. We are told that God was with the boy and he grew and became a great archer living in a place called Paran. Later Hargar finds an Egyptian wife for her son. As we shall learn later it is not to be the last we hear of Ishmael for despite Sarah’s decree there remains some contact between the two brothers.
To Be Continued. See Part 12
See Part 1

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author avatar Retired
19th Apr 2015 (#)

Terrific share, Kingwell. Thanks!

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
19th Apr 2015 (#)

excellent, I believe the nations of Israel, were to be Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Apr 2015 (#)

The Jews at least were very big on genealogy but I really can't say about the others.Islam is of course a much younger religion, coming into being in the 7th century AD. The calendar that we use dates from the birth of Christ, or as close as anyone can get to the date which of course is just over two thousand years ago. Judaism is the oldest of the three but probably not the oldest religion. The earliest Christians were converts from Judaism as Jesus himself was a Jew. I'm pleased that you are following this series. Blessings.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
20th Apr 2015 (#)

This biblical story traces back the roots of the modern Israelites, Hebrew, Jews,Palestine, and Arab people who prefer war rather than peace between them. I hope I'm wrong.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you for commenting n.c.
We have to remember that if we go back to these times, that is six - seven thousand years ago, all tribes everywhere were fighting each other. There might be hundreds of kings in what we consider to be one country today. It was pretty much kill or be killed. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
20th Apr 2015 (#)

you are writing all of this up in an interesting and compelling way Kingwell, I am enjoying the reads.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Spirited.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

I learn a lot from your writings and from the comments also, thanks Kingwell for keeping an open mind and letting readers think and react too. Every belief is filled with wars sadly; hopefully, they will not consume us in the end, but does it matter anyway as creation can go on without us when we recalcitrant! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Siva, I'm so pleased that you are following and enjoying this. Yes, I feel that everyone should think for themselves. There is far too much indoctrination, especially with children. In my opinion if we should destroy all life from the face of the planet, the earth would eventually renew itself and it's likely some form of life would come here. We as spiritual beings can never die but will continue our experiences in some other perhaps unimaginably at the moment dimension. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
13th Jun 2015 (#)

When I was a little girl growing up in the rural South of the U.S. this information was taught ~ I believe ~ in an objective fashion. When something really great or fascinating was shared from the talk or teaching, often an adult could be heard saying ~~~ oou wee.

That is what I'm going to say now ~~~ oou wee.

Thanks ~ Kingwell. Blessing.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Helen both for following and for your comments. Blessings.

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