Today we see how much Abraham’s faith has grown as he listens to the Lord regarding Hagar and Ishmael by sending them away per his wife’s, Sarah, request. But God reassures Abraham that he will care for Ishmael – “Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed.” And God, once again, sees Hagar’s distress and comforts her and her son, Ishmael, as He had promised. “So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. He dwelt in the Wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.”
Then the Lord tests Abraham by instructing him to “Take now your son, your only son Issac, 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.” Abraham now trusts the Lord so much that he is willing to sacrifice Isaac, believing that God would even raise him from the dead (Hebrews 11:17-19) to fulfill the promises made to him. But God doesn’t make Abraham sacrifice his son. No, that’s not the Lord’s plan. God is going to be the One that has to sacrifice His Son, Jesus Christ, for us.
So Issac is spared but Sarah dies today “And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.” This will be the only piece of property that Abraham will own during his lifetime. Abraham will die having to trust that the Lord will fulfill His promises through his descendants. And we see God’s plan unfold as Abraham’s and Sarah’s son Isaac marries Abraham’s brother’s granddaughter, Rebekah.
So the Story continues… Will Isaac make the same mistakes his dad made? Keep reading to find out.
(Genesis 21:8-23:20, Genesis 11:32, Genesis 24:1-67)