Sam Sharaf Bible, Church, COVID-19 Leave a Comment


Genesis 21

The Birth of Isaac

21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac[a] to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him.Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”

11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.12 But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring[b] will be reckoned. 13 I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”

14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.

15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she[c] began to sob.

17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.

20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.

The Treaty at Beersheba

22 At that time Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do. 23 Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.”

24 Abraham said, “I swear it.”

25 Then Abraham complained to Abimelek about a well of water that Abimelek’s servants had seized. 26 But Abimelek said, “I don’t know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today.”

27 So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelek, and the two men made a treaty. 28 Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock, 29 and Abimelek asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?”

30 He replied, “Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well.”

31 So that place was called Beersheba,[d] because the two men swore an oath there.

32 After the treaty had been made at Beersheba, Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces returned to the land of the Philistines. 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord, the Eternal God. 34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistinesfor a long time.



Genesis 21
When everything seems hopeless God will fulfill his promises. We see at the end of vs 2, “ everything happened at a time God had said it would.” Sarah never thinking that she would have the son that God had promised, it took 25 years for that promise to be fulfilled! Yet God did fulfill his promise and Isaac was born. Not because Abraham was perfect in his obedience but because God always fulfills his promises. Some promises are conditional and some aren’t. God fulfills them not because of who we are because of WHO HE IS.
Remember, they laughed when they heard that God was going to give them a son. Isn’t that how most of us respond when someone promises us they’re going to do the impossible?
Yeah, OK . If you say so and we chuckle. When Issac is born Sarah said, “God has made me laugh and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me” because it’s a miracle.
God always keeps his promises. 
Then we see the good old sibling rivalry going on between Ishmael and Isaac. Abraham gives Hagar provisions and sends them on their way. Hager is thinking all is lost after leaving Abrahams camp. Her problems seem monumental but God was watching over her. God saw her. Know that God also sees you too.
God sees us: when we laugh like Sarah and when we’re broken like Hagar.
He hears you.
He comforts you.
He provides your needs.
He speaks his life given promises over you.
And he will bless you.
God will meet you right where you are. In your loneliness, at the well, in the wilderness, in the hospital…
God is with you just like he was with Abraham, Sarah and Hagar.
In the last section we see that Abraham bargains with Abimelech (not the same guy as yesterday this is a general name for the commander of the Canaanites). He came to Abraham because he said I can see that God is with you in everything you do, promise to be kind to me. That’s a wonderful thing when people say that to you. The best complement one can receive, “I can see God through you.” Amen! Abraham takes this opportunity to clear up a dispute about an important well. Abraham called on the name of the Lord and the covenant was made. Even through all the family conflict Abraham kept a real, live walk with God. Sometimes when we run into trouble In our lives we blame God don’t we. It’s in this moment we should be drawing closer to Him, nestling into his arms. Reaching out to him. Unfolding our arms in contempt and opening them up and out in comfort. Please Lord come to me. See me. Hear me. Comfort to me. Strengthen me. Guide me. When we have Jesus by our side we can walk with confidence. Pastor Jason said this morning, “chin up and chest out walking in confidence alongside God.” Amen!
So my question to you today is:
In that moment of anxiety today who are you going to turn to?
Open up those arms.
🙌 🙏🏻 ❤️