And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing. 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.” And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”
(These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.) They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled over against all his kinsmen.
—Genesis 21:8-13; 25:17-18
by: Cheri Appel.
Ishmael’s name means “God will hear.” Today’s Bible passage confirms that we must not take matters into our own hands. God did hear the prayers of Abraham asking for an heir. God did hear the cries of Hagar each time she and Ishmael had to survive in the desert. God does hear our prayers and requests. Ishmael’s story demonstrates God’s care and providence. God fulfilled all of His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and even Ishmael. Ishmael’s 12 sons became the nomadic tribes of what was eventually the large population of Arabia. Through Isaac, God’s promise of a Savoir blesses ALL people. God hears and answers all our prayers and keeps all His promises.