1/17/2018 Genesis Chapter 16-18

It is certainly proper to focus on Abram and his covenant with God as the father of the Israelites.  However, as I read this time I was taken also be the prophecy regarding Ishmael.  First – note that the Lord did not establish a covenant but offered a prophecy and made a promise.  In Genesis 16:11-12 the angel of the Lord prophesied to Hagar

“You are now pregnant
    and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
    for the Lord has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
    his hand will be against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
    toward all his brothers.”

Then in Genesis 17:20 the Lord Promised:

And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.

In Genesis 25 we will read of Ishmael and his 12 sons.  And we will see that they “lived in hostility towards all their brothers.”  Indeed the Ishmaelites were constant “thorns in the side” of Israel, fulfilling the angel’s prophecy.

My thoughts — how often do we fail to take under consideration the future results of actions we may take that are outside of God’s will?


  • missliz

    I am left with the fact that life is a messy business even from the beginning of time. Abraham and Sarah are very imperfect people but God chooses them to begin his covenant relationship with his very own people. We often try to orchestrate what we think God would do and suffer the consequence of our actions. At the end of chapter 18 I am reminded yet again that God truly wants a relationship with his covenant people. He in no way needs us but he wants us. He is listening to us, wants to hear us and can be persuaded to make decisions as a result of our conversations. Can a relationship be more special than that? I don’t think so.

  • Kaylee

    As we were studying this at Bible study last night Artie pointed out that offten times people try to do things on there own instead of waiting for the Lord’s plan. Sarah wanted a child and she made it happen on her own will by telling her hand maid to give birth for her. Although that may have been normal in those days the Lord never said he was pleased with it. What I see out of this is the Lord doesn’t need me he already has a plan but he chooses me to be apart of it.

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