Faith of Our Fathers

“And it came to pass that Isaac and Ishmael, his sons, buried him in the cave of Makpelah — the one in the field of Ephron the son of Tsohar the Hittite  which is in the direction of Mamre — the field which Abraham bought from the sons of the Hittites. There Abraham was buried… Read More

For What Will You Be Remembered?

“And God was with the lad and he was mighty; he dwelt in the wilderness and became a great archer. He dwelt in the wilderness of Paran and his mother took for him a wife from the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 21:20-21)   And so, Hagar and Ishmael separate from the presence of Abraham and… Read More

What to do when We Cannot See Our Way out of a Mess

“Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went and filled the waterskin and gave a drink to the lad.” (Genesis 21:19)   Sometimes people look at this passage and wonder at how Hagar could not have seen a well nearby. There are two elements we need to keep in… Read More

Trusting God in Spite of the Things that May Seem Evil to Us

“And the words were very evil in the eyes of Abraham on account of his son.” (Genesis 21:11)   In the context, Sarah has seen the ridicule that is coming from Hagar and Ishmael and asks Abraham to cast out both from his household. Ultimately, the promise is to be through Isaac, not Ishmael, and… Read More

The Great Nation of Ishmael

“And unto Ishmael, I have heard you, so behold, I will bless him and will cause him to bear fruit and I will make him exceedingly great. He will bear twelve princes and I will give to him a great nation.” (Genesis 17:20) Because of God’s promise to Abraham, God blesses Abraham’s firstborn and allows… Read More