Please read Genesis 21:8-22, Genesis 22, Genesis 23, Genesis 11:32, Genesis 24, and head on back here. Want to know what stood out to me today?
Once again, Hagar is turned out. It must have been hard on Abraham – even though Isaac is the promised child, Ishmael is also his child and he must love him. Hagar learns in the wilderness that God not only sees her (16:13), but He also hears her (Genesis 21:17). I always think of Peter saying that God is “no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34) when I see His tenderness in action – so, it follows that if God saw and heard Hagar then, He sees and hears us today.
In Genesis 22, God tests Abraham’s faith…. “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (22:2). Knowing the purpose of the trip, Abraham “rose early in the morning…. and arose and went” (22:3). Go hasn’t told him where he’s going, but He did tell him why he was going there – to sacrifice his promise. Abraham had no idea that God would spare Isaac, but he trusted and and “went”. That’s remarkable.
God is always so faithful. His promises endure for generations. ❤