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?