ISHMAEL, SON OF ABRAHAM
Sarai and Abram had the same father but different mothers, according to Genesis But God afflicted Pharaoh's house, and the couple's lie was revealed. Instead of leading his family after God, Abram followed Sarai's advice and Abram never recognized Hagar as his wife, he chose to ignore the relationship, and. Abraham and Sarah (previously known as Abram and Sarai), is a couple close to my heart. I admire Abraham for his faith and obedience to God and Sarah for.
However, Abraham's nephew, Lot, met with them and strongly insisted that these two "men" stay at his house for the night. A rally of men stood outside of Lot's home and demanded that they bring out his guests so that they may "know" v. However, Lot objected and offered his virgin daughters who had not "known" v.
They rejected that notion and sought to break down Lot's door to get to his male guests, [Genesis He "looked out toward Sodom and Gomorrah" and saw what became of the cities of the plain, where not even "ten righteous" v. While he was living in GerarAbraham openly claimed that Sarah was his sister. Upon discovering this news, King Abimelech had her brought to him. God then came to Abimelech in a dream and declared that taking her would result in death because she was a man's wife.
Abimelech had not laid hands on her, so he inquired if he would also slay a righteous nation, especially since Abraham had claimed that he and Sarah were siblings. In response, God told Abimelech that he did indeed have a blameless heart and that is why he continued to exist. However, should he not return the wife of Abraham back to him, God would surely destroy Abimelech and his entire household.
Abimelech was informed that Abraham was a prophet who would pray for him. Abraham stated that he thought there was no fear of God in that place, and that they might kill him for his wife.
Then Abraham defended what he had said as not being a lie at all: Further, Abimelech gave Abraham a thousand pieces of silver to serve as Sarah's vindication before all.
Abraham then prayed for Abimelech and his household, since God had stricken the women with infertility because of the taking of Sarah. Abraham then reproached Abimelech due to his Philistine servant's aggressive attacks and the seizing of Abraham's well.
Abimelech claimed ignorance of the incident. Then Abraham offered a pact by providing sheep and oxen to Abimelech. Further, to attest that Abraham was the one who dug the well, he also gave Abimelech seven ewes for proof. Because of this sworn oath, they called the place of this well: Abraham was "an hundred years old", when his son whom he named Isaac was born; and he circumcised him when he was eight days old. During the celebration, however, Sarah found Ishmael mocking; an observation that would begin to clarify the birthright of Isaac.
She declared that Ishmael would not share in Isaac's inheritance. Abraham was greatly distressed by his wife's words and sought the advice of his God. God told Abraham not to be distressed but to do as his wife commanded.
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God reassured Abraham that "in Isaac shall seed be called to thee. He gave her bread and water and sent them away. The two wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba until her bottle of water was completely consumed. In a moment of despair, she burst into tears. After God heard the boy's voice, an angel of the Lord confirmed to Hagar that he would become a great nation, and will be "living on his sword".
A well of water then appeared so that it saved their lives. As the boy grew, he became a skilled archer living in the wilderness of Paran.
What can we learn from the life of Sarah?
The child Ishmael grew up and learned Arabic from them and his virtues caused them to love and admire him as he grew up and when he reached the age of puberty they made him marry a woman from amongst them. When he asked Ishmael's wife about him, she replied: Go back to your family. So he came to Ishmael's wife and asked her about Ishmael. If somebody has only these two things as his sustenance, his health and disposition will be badly affected unless he lives in Mecca.
He has ordered me to keep you with me. He saw Ishmael under a tree near Zam Zam, sharpening his arrows. When he saw Abraham, he rose up to welcome him and they greeted each other as a father does with his son or a son does with his father. Allah has give me an order. Ishmael brought the stones while Abraham built and when the walls became high Ishmael brought this stone and put it for Abraham who stood over it and carried on building.
While Ishmael was handing him the stones, and both of them were saying: Ibn Abbas narrated a slightly different version: They had a water skin with them containing some water. Ishmael's mother used to drink water from the water skin so that her milk would increase for her child.
When Abraham reached Mecca, he made her sit under a tree and afterwards returned home. Ishmael's mother followed him and when they reached Kada, she called him from behind: To whom are you leaving us? When she came down to the valley, she ran till she reached Al Marwa Mountain. She ran to and for between the two mountains many times. Then she said to herself; 'I had better go and see the state of the child. She could not endure to watch it dying and said to herself: Again she said to herself: Ishmael's mother was astonished and started digging.
Afterwards some people of the tribe of Hurhum saw some birds while passing through the bottom of the valley and that astonished them. Then they all went to her and said: Will you allow us to be with you or dwell with you?
Then an idea occurred to Abraham, which he disclosed to his wife sarah. Abraham came to Ishmael's house and asked: Bless their meals and their drink. HE went and found Ishmael behind the Zam-zam well, mending his arrows.
And he said after his rescue from the fire: I am going to my Lord. He will guide me! Grant me offspring from the righteous. And when he his son was old enough to walk with him, he said: I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you offer you in sacrifice to Allahso look what do you think!? Do that which you are commanded InshAllah if Allah willsyou shall find me of the patient.
You have fulfilled the dream vision! Thus do Wereward those who perform good deeds, totally for Allah's sake only. Verily, that indeed was a manifest trial and We ransomed him with a great sacrifice a ram; and We left for him a goodly remembrance among generations to come in later times.
Verily, he was one of Our believing slaves.
One day Abraham was sitting outside his tent thinking of his son Ishmael and Allah's sacrifice. His heart was filled with awe and love for Allah for His countless blessings.
A big tear dropped from his eyes and reminded him of Ishmael. In the meantime, three angels descended to the earth; Gabriel, Israphael, and Michael.
Abraham arose and welcomed them. He took them inside his tent thinking they were strangers and guests. He seated them and made sure that they were comfortable, then excused himself to go to his people.
His wife Sarah arose when he entered. She had become old and white haired. Abraham said to her: Slaughter a fat calf for them; they are strangers and guests. The servants roasted and served a calf. Abraham invited the angels to eat and he started eating so as to encourage them. He continued, but when he glanced at his guests to assure they were eating, he noticed that none of them had touched the food. He said to the them: Their hands did not reach out for the food. They named him Isaac, and "Sarah said, 'God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.
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Yet I have borne him a son in his old age'" Genesis Though she may have previously laughed in disbelief and secrecy, now Sarah laughed with joy and wanted her situation to be known. God had been faithful to His promise and blessed her. Unfortunately, the tension between Sarah and Hagar remained.
When Isaac was weaned, Abraham held a feast. But Ishmael, Hagar's son, was mocking Isaac. Sarah told Abraham to get rid of Hagar and Ishmael and that Ishmael should never share the inheritance with Isaac. Abraham was distressed at this, but God told him to do what Sarah said and that his descendants would be numbered through Isaac. Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away, and God provided for their needs Genesis It was after this that God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice Isaac.
Abraham was willing to give up his son, trusting that God would somehow still remain true to His promise Genesis 22; Hebrews Sarah was a simple, beautiful Genesis She stepped ahead of God and tried to handle His business on her own by foolishly sending her handmaid, Hagar, to Abraham to bring forth the child God had promised.
In so doing, she ignited a feud that has lasted for 4, years Genesis She laughed in unbelief when, at 90 years old, she heard an angel tell Abraham that she would become pregnant Genesis Sarah willingly left her home and stepped out into the unknown to follow Abraham, as he followed the directions of a God with whom she was unfamiliar at the time.
She endured much to try to provide an heir for her husband and to keep her husband safe in dangerous lands. In the end, she had faith enough to believe that she and her husband, at the ages of 90 andwould produce the promised heir, Isaac.