Genesis 21:1-34 – Abraham Sees God Fulfill His Promises

Genesis 21:1-34 – Abraham Sees God Fulfill His Promises

by | Mar 3, 2011 | Uncategorized

Genesis 21 - Abraham, Sarah and Isaac [28:55]

by Roy Schwarcz

God proved His Word and power and fulfills His Promise (Genesis 21:1-2). He fulfilled His promise despite the odds and circumstances: In Abraham’s old age (Genesis 21:1), at the set time (Genesis 21:2).

Abraham responded with obedience and faithfulness (Genesis 21:3-5) Abraham obeyed God by circumcising his son (Genesis 21:4), recognized the miracle of the event (Genesis 21:5).

God stirred joy and rejoicing in Sarah over His power (Genesis 21:6-7) by giving her joy and laughter (Genesis 21:6), giving her a miraculous child in her old age (Genesis 21:7).

The Slavewoman and Her Son: Conquering Faith—Confronting and Overcoming Conflict, Genesis 21:8-21.

The nature of the conflict: Much attention showered on Isaac (Genesis 21:8-11).

Ishmael’s sin: Mockery, ridicule, meanness (Genesis 21:9), Sarah’s sin: Overreaction, distrust, cruelty (Genesis 21:10), Abraham’s response: Distress, grief, perplexity (Genesis 21:11).

The answer to the conflict: God (Genesis 21:12-13) God’s word: Relieved Abraham’s distress and grief and gave direction and shown God’s purpose (Genesis 21:12). God assures Abraham that the conflict would be resolved (Genesis 21:13).

The results of the conflict (Genesis 21:14-16b) Broken hearts, separation, divorce (Genesis 21:14a). Wandering about, lost, not knowing where to go or what to do (Genesis 21:14b) exhaustion, hopelessness, and the threat of death (Genesis 21:15-16b)

Overcoming the conflict (Genesis 21:16c-21) Hagar lifted up her voice in prayer and wept (Genesis 21:16c). Hagar listened to the Word of God. Ishmael too cried out to God (Genesis 21:17b). Hagar obeyed God, arose (Genesis 21:18) and experienced God’s provision (Genesis 21:19). Ishmael received God’s continued care (Genesis 21:20). Ishmael accepted his environment and life (Genesis 21:21).

Abraham Made a Covenant With Abimelech: 21:22-34 – He had a striking, consistent testimony (Genesis 21:22). He committed not to deal falsely with his neighbors and their land or property (Genesis 21:23)

Abraham swore, made the commitment (Genesis 21:24)

Abraham was open and honest (Genesis 21:25-26)

Abraham shared a wrong (Genesis 21:25)

There was a simple misunderstanding (Genesis 21:26)

Abraham gave and shared beyond the basic requirement (Genesis 21:27-30)

The act of giving and sharing (Genesis 21:27)

The special act of giving: Seven female lambs were given to help ease the pain of the dispute (Genesis 21:28-30)

Abraham consecrated his commitment (Genesis 21:31-32)

Abraham memorialized the place: Named it Beersheba (Genesis 21:31)

Abraham returned (Genesis 21:32)

Abraham acknowledged the Lord, the everlasting God, and his need for God’s help in building good relationships (Genesis 21:33-34)

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