Genesis Chapter 21 (Review)

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  1. And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

And the Lord (I don’t know if this is of any significance, but in more recent chapters Abraham and Sarah we’re dealing with the Lord. As short as the Abimelech part was, it dealt with God)…Visited Sarah and did unto her as he said (meaning she had now conceived).

  1. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
  2. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

She bare a son at the set time…The Lord’s words never fail. And Abraham called him Isaac. (Laughter…in a punny way, because they kept laughing in doubt when the Lord kept saying it, and two, ‘hahahahaha 😂who thought this was possible-kind of laughter).

  1. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.

And Abraham circumcised his son, making him a partaker of the covenant.

  1. And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.

Abraham was 100years of age. Our father waited about 25* years for a son.

  1. And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.

God has made me laugh (more like rejoice/smile), so all who hear will laugh (rejoice/smile) with me. How joyful.

  1. And she said, who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? For I have borne him a son in his old age.

Who would have believed I would give birth for Abraham and Nurse him a child and the child will suck …Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.

  1. And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

When Isaac stopped sucking, Abraham -on that very day- made a great feast.

  1. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had borne unto Abraham, mocking.

And Sarah saw Ishmael mocking/making jest/laughing.

  1. 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.

And Sarah told Abraham ‘send this slave and her son away, because in no way must her son end up as heir with Isaac.

  1. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

And it pained Abraham because of his Ishmael. I mean, how would he send his son away?

  1. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

Don’t be hurt, said GOD, listen to your wife, for your seed shall be from Isaac.

  1. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

Ishmael will be a nation, simply because he is from you.

  1. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.

And in the morning, Abraham gave her bread and one bottle of water 😂and basically said ‘carry your child and go’. And she went to pass through desert. Again.

  1. And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
  2. And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lifted up her voice, and wept.

And the water finished. And she put Ishmael under leaves. Then she sat as far as an arrow could be shot from a bow….saying in her mind that she wouldn’t want to watch him die…and wept.

  1. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, what aileth thee, Hagar? Fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

Some tears cannot just be heard by human ears. The words here did not record Ishmael crying. Also, remember Ishmael means God hears…so…
Hagar was the one crying o, but God heard the voice of Ishmael. And ‘the’ Angel of God and said…what’s happening to you, No fear. God has heard Ishmael’s voice from where he is (under leaves).

  1. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

Get up and carry him, for I will make him a great nation.

  1. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

And God opened her eyes and she saw a well.

Understand that 1-she was in a dessert, 2-weirdly enough that a well was there, she couldn’t see it and would have died of thirst if her eyes weren’t opened. God always makes a way.

She quickly fetched water and gave him to drink.

  1. And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

And God was with Ishmael. He grew -there in the desert- and became an archer.

  1. And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

His mum got him a wife from where she was from.

  1. And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:

Abimelech and his chief of hosts came and told Abraham ‘God is in everything that you do’ (God is with you in everything you do, either good or otherwise…remembering their first encounter)

  1. Now therefore swear unto me here by God, that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.

So now swear and tell God, that as I have done well to you (even after the evil you did me before)’ let God do well to me as well. They wanted to tap from blessing/anointing

  1. And Abraham said, I will swear.

Abraham agreed.

  1. And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away.

Then complained because of a well that Abimelech’s servants took away.

  1. And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but today.

Abimelech then said he never did such and no one told him of such, that he’s just hearing it for the first time,

  1. And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.

And Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave to Abimelech and they made a covenant (first mentioned human covenant).

  1. And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
  2. And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
  3. And he said, for these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

And Abraham brought 7 ewe lambs and Abimelech asked what it meant, and he said these lambs which you will take from me today, bear me witness that I dug this well.

  1. Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba [the well of the oath]; because there they sware both of them.

Then the well was named ‘well of oath’

  1. Thus they made a covenant at Beer-sheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
  2. And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.
  3. And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.

And Abraham planted a tree and called on God. He dwelt in that land for quite a while.

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