Genesis 21: 1-11
And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
7 And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.
8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.
This week we began study at Chapter 21. If you haven’t already, go back and read Chapter 20 and write out the points that stand out to you.
The first 11 verses of Chapter 21 takes us to the birth of Isaac. Notice that the Lord did what He promised in giving Sarah a son in her old age and He did it at the appointed time. GOD ALWAYS keeps His PROMISES!
Isaac’s name “laughter” reminds us that NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE with GOD! Sarah even said “Who would have thought? God has made laughter for me, everyone who hears will laugh with me.” To this day people marvel, people shake their heads and laugh, at the idea of this happening.
We discussed faith…We talked about how we often times do what Sarah did and fit God’s plans into Our time schedule and in that sin, showing our lack of faith in the Lord.
Then we see Isaac being weaned about 3 years old and Sarah seeing Ishmael mocking her son.
We discussed the age difference between the boys (14yrs). This making Ishmael a man and very aware of his position and who Isaac was. Sarah seeing the mockery then gives Abraham a horrible demand, which greatly distressed him.
We discussed how when we choose to not trust God’s timing, not trust his words, and make our own provisions, how it comes back to haunt us in the end. Here we see Sarah who couldn’t believe she could have children in her old age and provide this seed that God said he would give to her and Abraham, going and making it “happen” through Hagar. Now after God fulfilled his promise (because he always does) she finds Ishmael and Hagar to be a problem.
We ended with verse 11 and the distress Abraham was having over Sarah’s demand. We discussed how this banishment was so severe. Do a study on the culture it will help in the understanding of why this was so horrible for Hagar and Ishmael.