Genesis 21:1-4,12-14,30-34 Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him... But God said to Abraham, "Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named. "And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant." So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba... He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well." Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath. So they made a covenant at Beersheba; and Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, arose and returned to the land of the Philistines. Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God. And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines for many days.
Three major themes are in today's chapter and as always, I recommend you read the entire chapter rather than just the few verses I've used to bring in the essence of the chapter.
First is the birth of Isaac, which was a fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham and Sarah, and their age did not come in the way of God delivering this bundle of joy at the right time, God's perfect timing.
Next is the separation of Hagar and Ishmael from Abraham's household and it seems rather cruel but God's assured Abraham of Hagar and Ishmael's welfare and therefore he goes ahead with it.
Lastly, the human covenant between King Abimelech and Abraham that gave Abraham the peace of knowing he was here to stay for a while and not move for a while.
What is God trying to teach us through the joyous birth, the painful separation and the peaceful covenant?
As we can see in all these situations, God has eternally been in control and does what pleases Himself because His will is perfect and His ways are perfect. There is a stark difference between our thinking and God's because He knows and sees all and has a plan.
With us, we know little, see only what is important to us and try to work out what's best for all 'given what we know'! Take a judge for example, he rules on a case based not on what is but what he is told, how it is presented, what the law states and what might be the best solution.
With God, He is the judge, He sees everything, He knows what the outcome is and does what He knows is right for He is the RIGHTEOUS ONE!
We can serve our own limited wisdom or submit to the one who is everlasting and who loves us so dearly that He sacrificed His only son Jesus Christ, that we may be washed clean of our sinfulness and be transformed by the power of His Spirit that takes seat in us.
Abraham describes God in Hebrew as 'OLAM' or 'NETSACH' or 'AD' which mean always, everlasting or eternity and we serve an eternal God! Is that not a great assurance!!!
In His Loving Service,
Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
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