Abraham’s Descendants of Promise… (Part 4)

In part 3 of this mini-series on Abraham’s Descendants, I wrote that “God does not change His promises in order to right our wrongs; His Will will not be thwarted by anyone.” As I am bringing this mini-series to a conclusion, I want to remind us of the importance of reading the entire Word of God and putting things in God’s order. It is important for us to understand this, and subsequently form our worldview in accordance to His Word, without compromising. Let us review a crucial portion of Genesis that we’ve been studying:

“Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. “And I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before Thee!” But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. “And as for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. “And My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.”
Genesis 17:15-21

God’s plan of blessing was very specific: His covenant, which included a certain blessing and a land, began with Abraham, and was to continue on through a son, who would be birthed by Sarah. God choose to do this in order for us to understand that He is indeed the God of the impossible, Who can do everything through His creation, in order that no one would doubt His greatness.

Our faith as men is limited and at times we take things into our own hands; when we do this, we get into trouble, and not only us, but the byproduct of any sin, any disobedience in our lives is that others will be affected. While God can redeem any wrongdoing in our lives for His own Glory, there are still consequences that we must endure as a result.

Abraham took matters into his own hands, and created an heir to the Promise with Hagar…or so he thought. What resulted was terrible anguish for Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and Ishmael! But God exhibited His amazing mercy by promising to also bless Ishmael by not only sparing his life, but also making him the father of a great nation. However, His covenant was to be realized through Sarah’s son, Isaac, as verse 21 clearly spells out. While this may not seem “fair” to us in our flesh, we also must understand that His ways are not ours!

My brothers and sisters, as I wrote before, I would like to end this blog with a plea for each one of us to make a choice: God or the World. We cannot serve two opposing masters; we must choose this day whom we will serve! (Joshua 24:15)

Shabbat Shalom,


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2 Comments on “Abraham’s Descendants of Promise… (Part 4)”

  1. There is nothing better than reading off and staying focused on the power of God who is Love and Justice therefore he never changes.

  2. It never ceases to amaze me that God speaks to me through the body of Yeshua Messiah when I need it most.
    I am currently in the struggle of serving God and the World. Yet it’s not as black and white in this situation than it has been previously.
    In terms of finances, I have be working almost 7 days every week to support my family, I am so busy with work that I’ve been spending less time on my daily prayer, Church, and time with my family, All under the pretense that I am taking care of my family. In actuality, these things named above are equally if not more important that financial stability, for in all things God provides.
    I’ve been stressing and taking on the burden of supporting my family, when I should be praising God for the work and the ability to care for them. Every moment and in every area I need to seek the Lord and his Strength, and know when to pull the plug on working for myself and not unto the Lord.
    I’ve seen time and time again the disastrous results of taking my will into my own hands. Am I so busy, that I am missing opportunities to spread Yeshua’s message and love?
    At the end of it all, it really isn’t about my own needs. God has all things under His control. And I must ask the Lord, to reveal to me how I fit into his plan, not my own.
    Thank you Moran, for your words of insight and conviction. Today I stand with Yeshua! Shalom!

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