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 September 10, 2018

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Text: Ezekiel 34-36
Audio: Ezekiel 34-36

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Memory Verse of the Week

“The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised.”
(Genesis 21:1 ESV)

Genesis 21 (ESV)

The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

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. 10 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.” 11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. 12 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. 13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.” 14 So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes.16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.18 Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

22 At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do. 23 Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my descendants or with my posterity, but as I have dealt kindly with you, so you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned.” 24 And Abraham said, “I will swear.”

25 When Abraham reproved Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech’s servants had seized, 26 Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today.” 27 So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a covenant.28 Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart. 29 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?” 30 He said, “These seven ewe lambs you will take from my hand, that thismay be a witness for me that I dug this well.” 31 Therefore that place was called Beersheba, because there both of them swore an oath. 32 So they made a covenant at Beersheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army rose up and returned to the land of the Philistines. 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.34 And Abraham sojourned many days in the land of the Philistines.

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  1. The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. Genesis 21:1

    God Does The Impossible

    How amazing! God does the “impossible” and Sarah bore Abraham a son, Isaac. And Abraham, following God’s command, circumcised Isaac when he was eight days old. God delivered on His promise and Abraham did his part and obeyed what God commanded him.

    In Genesis 21:10, Sarah is still having a real problem with Hagar just as she did in Genesis 16:4-6. In the first account, “Abram said to Sarai, ‘Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.’ Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her” (Genesis 16:6). It’s as if Abraham had no feelings or consideration for her or their son. But in Genesis 21, we see a different response from Abraham.

    “And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. 12 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. 13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.” 14 So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba” (Genesis 21:11-14).

    In both accounts, the Lord visits Hagar (Genesis 16:7-12; Genesis 21:17-18). God also makes provisions for her and her son (Genesis 21:19) and was “with the boy and he grew up” (Genesis 21:20).

    It’s clear from this story that Sarah regretted her decision to offer Hagar to Abraham to conceive a child. It’s also clear that God works in flawed people and in all circumstances so that His will is accomplished.

    Aren’t you glad the Lord keeps His promises?

    Aren’t you glad the Lord can (and does) the impossible?

  2. “…through Isaac your descendants shall be named.” Genesis 21:12 

    but also…about Ishmael, God says,

    ”…I will make a great nation of him.” Genesis 21:18

    God has not forgotten Ishmael! 

    *******

    Genesis 21:22-34 is much like Genesis 20:4-16. Abimelech rightly fears God! And His fear of God leads once again to provision for Abraham. Amazing. 

    When you look at your life, do you see God’s provision? Has it ever come from unlikely places? That’s God’s grace! 

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