Friday, July 6, 2012
We Reap What We Sow
At the time of Isaac’s weaning (Gen. 21) Ishmael was somewhere between 15 and 16. Abraham loved Ishmael. He probably thinks that God’s promises will now come to pass through both Ishmael and Isaac. But that is and has never been God’s plan.
On the day of Isaac’s weaning, strife erupts between Sarah and Hagar. Sarah does not want her son to share the inheritance with Hagar’s son. For fifteen years there has been bad blood between Sarah and Hagar. (It started in Gen 16). It culminates in Genesis 21.
(Genesis 21:8–11) "8 And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing. 10 So 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.” 11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son."
God prophesied this in Genesis 16. After Ishmael was conceived, Hagar began to look down on Sarah, so Sarah sent her away pregnant. Hagar wandered in the desert, and the angel of the Lord came to her.
(Genesis 16:11–12) "11 “Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the LORD has listened to your affliction. 12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”"
Verse 12 is a picture of the Islamic people today. Picture the Arabs on TV in a frenzied state, screaming and yelling, throwing dirt in the air, firing their rifles in the air.
In fact, today’s Jews are reaping Abraham’s sin through the intense hostility of Ishmael’s descendants.
From Abraham's story we can learn the importance of the fear of God. We reap what we sow, and God is behind the reaping. Brothers and sisters, let us cultivate the fear of God.