Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 21: 1 – 7 (ESV)
Isaac Brings Sarah and Abraham “Laughter”
Gen. 21: 1-7 1The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised. 2And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. 3Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.a 4And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.
Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” 7And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 21: 8 – 13: (ESV)
Sarah Sees Ishmael Mock & Says He Must Go!
Gen. 21: 8-13 8And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 9But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing. 10So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” 11And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. 12But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. 13And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 21: 14 – 18 (ESV)
God Hears & Helps Ishmael & Hagar
Genesis 21: 14 – 18: 14So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. 16Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. 18Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 21: 19 – 21 (ESV)
(God Helps Hagar See His Guidance)
19Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. 21He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 21: 22 – 27 (ESV) (Abimelech makes a Treaty to provide for His Posterity)Genesis 21: 22 - 27 22At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do Click To Tweet
Genesis 21: 22 – 27 22At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do. 23Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my descendants or with my posterity, but as I have dealt kindly with you, so you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned.” 24And Abraham said, “I will swear.”
25When Abraham reproved Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech’s servants had seized, 26Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today.” 27So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a covenant.
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 21: 28 – 34 (ESV)
(Abraham & Abimelech Partner without Preventing God’s Plan)
Gen 21: 28 – 34 28Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart. 29And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?” 30He said, “These seven ewe lambs you will take from my hand, that thisc may be a witness for me that I dug this well.” 31Therefore that place was called Beersheba,d because there both of them swore an oath. 32So they made a covenant at Beersheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army rose up and returned to the land of the Philistines. 33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God. 34And Abraham sojourned many days in the land of the Philistines.
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 22: 1 – 4 (ESV)
(God Tests Abraham to Offer UP Isaac)
Gen 22: 1 – 4 1After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac.
And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 22: 4 – 8: (ESV)
(Abraham & Isaac Look To God To Provide)
Gen 22: 4-8 4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boya will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 22: 9 – 12 (ESV)
(Isaac Submits To God’s Plan)
9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 22: 13 – 14 (ESV)
(Isaac Is Saved and Resurrected)
13And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”;b as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”c
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 22: 15 – 19 (ESV)
(Isaac will be multiplied as the stars)
15And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of hisd enemies, 18and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” 19So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.
Message Map: 10-22-17 Genesis 17 “Isaac Illustrates Christ”
- Isaac Brings Sarah & Abraham the Last Laugh
- Sarah Sees Ishmael Mock & Says He Must Go
- Isaac inherits the promise & Ishmael is Bestowed A blessing
- Abimelech Provides Protection for his posterity with a Treaty
- Abraham Reckons Isaac will be Resurrected
- Isaac Illustrates Christ & what Happens to us in Christ
- Isaac Illustrates what Happens to us in Christ
- WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO US?
- WHY DID GOD INCLUDE THESE THINGS IN SCRIPTURE?
- WHAT DOES GOD REVEAL ABOUT HIS CHARACTER THROUGH THESE EVENTS?
- WHAT DO THEY INFORM US ABOUT HOW GOD WORKS IN OUR LIVES TODAY?
- WHAT DO THEY COMMUNICATE TO US ABOUT THE WAY WE SHOULD WALK WITH GOD NOW
Isaac Brings Sarah & Abraham the Last Laugh Gen 21: 1-7
The name Isaac means “he laughs.”
Gen. 17:17. Abraham fell facedown laughing at the promise of Isaac, because of longevity he being 100 & Sarah being 90.
Rom.4:17-25 is a great commentary on Abraham’s and Sarah’s sojourning and tells us that Abraham “in hope believed against hope” or when all hope seemed lost.) Thus in Gen 15:6 He believed and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Gen. 18: 11-15 Sarah laughed and lied because perhaps she was afraid. Her laugh was of skepticism or incredulity, due to her age. God does not condemn her for it. Because in Gen 11:30 we learned that Sarah was barren, yet she does not complain when God says to Abraham in Gen 12: 1-3 that I am going to make you into a great nation. We see barren Sarah obeyed, and sojourned – so vulnerable, completely unable to fulfill what God says He will do through her womb. We’ve seen Abe lie about her, and convince her to lie, and we’ve seen her taken into custody by some of the most powerful men in the world. Yet we see God Almighty defend this vulnerable, aged but very attractive woman time and again. And today we will see her laugh out loud
He will do His work anyway, despite our skepticism. (Mk. 9:23-24 “Help thou me in my unbelief!”)
Ishmael laughed to lampoon (mercilessly ridicule and mock) Isaac out of derision (JFB) Ishmael was aware of the great change in his prospects, and is irritated and resentful, and probably so was his mother, Hagar. So Ish’ treated the young heir with derision (scorn, mockery) and probably some violence (Galatians 4:29). (Compare the brothers in Luke 15: 11-32.)
Gen 19:20 Lot’s pledged sons-in-laws laughed because they were lost in Sodom’s sin, and were destroyed as a result! Which is no laughing matter. What happened in Sodom and Gomorrah by the way is God’s way of saying – “Obey me, please, for your own sake, the lifestyle is not gay – as in happy. Lot’s would be sons-in-laws laughed for all the wrong reasons, at the wrong time, and in the wrong way, and they perished. Please listen to God’s Word, and spare yourself deception now and salvation in eternity.
Gen 21:6 – 7 “God gives Sarah the last laugh of great pleasure, and everyone who hears will laugh over her with an admiring joy for the incredible gift she receives from God to nurse a child in her old age.
Gen 21: 8-13 Sarah Sees Ishmael Mock & Says He Must Go
God’s Covenant Is Instituted Through Isaac
In Gen 16 Hagar Got headstrong about birthing Abraham a child. In Gen 21: 8-13 Hagar and Ishmael are disinherited but not disowned by God. In Gen 25:9 Isaac and Ishmael bury Abraham.
Gen 21: 12-13 It is in God’s plan, however, that Sarah sends away the slave woman and her child.
12But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. 13And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”
God Hears & Helps Ishmael & Hagar
Gen 21: 19–21
Even if our predicament is our own fault, and may be the result of God’s discipline, God helps us as He helped Hagar, by opening our eyes, so we see His well of provision which in Hagar’s case was water.
Abraham had given Hagar enough water to reach this spot. (Perhaps he gave her money for her journey as well.)
Hagar was heading towards Egypt, and She can’t carry a great deal of water, so Abraham gives her enough to reach this watering station, which God opened Hagar’s eyes to see. So the situation is not was cruel as it appears.
God Hears & Helps Ishmael & Hagar
Gen 21: 19–21
Genesis 21: 23 = Key Verse
ESV (and others say) “Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my descendants (KJV – son = direct offspring) or with my posterity (KJV son’s son), but as I have dealt kindly with you, so you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned.”
The treaty between Abraham and Abimelech does not compromise the 400 year plan of Gen 15: 12-16 Where God tells Abram his “offspring will be afflicted as slaves in Egypt for 400 years. And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, when the iniquity of the Amorites is complete.” Verse 15 says Abe shall die peace at a good old age, which Gen 25 xx is 175 years old.
If Abe is approx.’ 125 years old and will live until 175, per Gen 25: 7 and his Hebrew descendants must abide by this treaty for 2 additional lifetimes/generations, the treaty must last approx. 50 + 175 = (225) + 175 = 400. So this does not compromise God’s 400 year plan for the Israelites to come back to the land and be His sword of discipline against the Amorites.
The treaty between Abraham and Abimelech does not compromise the 400 year plan of Gen 15: 12-16 Where God tells Abram his “offspring will be afflicted as slaves in Egypt for 400 years. And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, when the iniquity of the Amorites is complete,” because the treaty must last 3 generations + the death of one in the wilderness wanderings for 40 years.
so the remainder of Abe’s and Abimelech’s, perhaps is 50 years, and the 2nd being their sons, which could be between the 137 years of Ishmael’s life span (per Gen 25: 17) or until the 180 years of Isaac’s life span (per Gen 35:28) the average of which is 168.5 and the 3rd being their son’s son, who’s life expectancy either could be the average of Isaac’s and Ishmael’s which is 158.5. is an average of 175, and Abe was approx. 125 years old at the event of this treaty, then the treaty must last approx. 50 + 175 = (225) + 175 = 400. – 430 years or so, accounting for the 40 years wilderness wanderings, which delayed their entering to conquer Abimelech’s territory which will be predominantly occupied by the Amorites in those days.
God provides tests to prove our faithJudges 2:22. “Because this people have transgressed my covenant that I commanded their fathers and have not obeyed my voice Click To Tweet
Gen 22: 1-2
GEN 22:1-2 1…God tested (proved absolute) Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
Ex 16:4 (The Manna Test) 4Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
Ex. 17:7 (The Meribah water Test) And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah,
Because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
- It is God’s prerogative to test us. (Ex. 17:7, Ex 16:4)
- God’s tries us to see if where our hearts are in relation to His Greatest Commandment in Matt 22: 36-38
- God proves, tries or tests the sincerity and depth our faith, (Deut 8:2 and Jud 2:22
- God works in us to strengthen the universality and constancy of our obedience,
Deu 8:2 13:3 (ESV) And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.
Judges 2:22. “Because this people have transgressed my covenant that I commanded their fathers and have not obeyed my voice, 21 I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died, 22in order to test Israel by them, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the LORD as their fathers did, or not.” 23So the LORD left those nations, not driving them out quickly, and he did not give them into the hand of Joshua.
37 year old Isaac Submits to being dedicated to Lord – the same age at which Christ Is Crucified.
Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac…
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. … It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. …
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James 2:21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? …