Peace be unto you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen!
Today we will summarize the book of Genesis chapter 21.
Let us start with a prayer:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Let’s continue where we left off!
Open your bible to Genesis chapter 21.
In this chapter, the Lord kept his promise to Abraham and Sarah, by giving them Isaac in their old age.
In keeping with God’s commandment in Genesis 17: 9–14, Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old.
We read that Sarah was being used by spirits of selfishness and narcissism in telling Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael, her husband’s firstborn, away to prevent Ishmael from being heir with her son Isaac. Abraham was not pleased to hear what Sarah was asking of him, and he struggled as to whether he should listen to Sarah and send his firstborn away, or keep him and face Sarah’s wrath. However, the Lord noticed Abraham’s frustration, and told him to listen to Sarah and do whatever she said, because his seeds who would be called by God to carry on his legacy of walking with the Lord would come from Isaac and not from Ishmael. The Lord also revealed to Abraham that he would make a nation of Ishmael because he was Abraham’s son.
Our Almighty God is a loving and caring God, who heard Hagar and Ishmael’s cry and manifested a living water that quenched their thirst right there in that lonely wilderness. Hagar and her son were never alone in that wilderness for God was only a cry away.
Being a God fearing man and upon hearing that his servants had seized the well of water Abraham dug, Abimelech feared the repercussion that could come from such actions. The bible states in Proverbs 9:10 that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Knowing that God was with Abraham, Abimelech went to Abraham and denied knowing what his servants had done.
Abimelech then asked Abraham to swear that he would be fair with him and that he would reciprocate to him the same measure of kindness he had shown to Abraham. Abraham agreed and they made a covenant that the well of water Abraham dug belonged to Abraham.
Remember that God asked us in 1 Chronicles 16:22 to touch not his anointed ones, and do his prophets no harm. Abimelech understood better than anyone how necessary it was to appease Abraham who was a prophet of God. He experienced God’s judgment first hand, when he took Abraham’s wife Sarah for a wife and God put a curse of barrenness on every woman in the house of Abimelech.
We pray that, like Sarah, God’s promise is realized in our lives. May we always be as faithful and obedient to God’s commandments as Abraham. We pray that we are never a victim of the contrary spirits found in Sarah. May God’s blessings of love, faith, hope and prosperity, as were shown to Abraham, become our reality in Jesus name. As it was discovered by Hagar, may God give us the faith to always know that our God is only a prayer away. May we always have the fear of God in everything we do, as exemplified by Abimelech. May God give us the grace to avoid committing the sin that could bring on us the curse of God sustained by the house of Abimelech. In the mighty name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Thank you for reading the bible with me.
I want you to know, that no matter who you are out there or what your history is, God promises salvation to you and the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s son, cleanses you from all sin. No matter what you have done you will be forgiven and saved as long as you accept Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, that He sent down here from heaven to be a sacrificial lamb for the cleansing of our sins so that our names can be written in the book of life guaranteeing a spot in heaven for us.
Jesus Christ is coming soon, sooner than you think! He could come back for his followers at anytime, so we should make ourselves ready. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, pray this with me from your heart: Lord Jesus I’m a sinner, you died on the cross to save me from my sin, you shed your precious blood to wash away every taint, every stain and now I believe in you Jesus. I accept you as my Lord and my savior. Come into my heart, save me with your precious blood. In your Holy name I pray. Amen.
I hope you prayed that prayer with me. God willing, I’ll see you tomorrow.