Sunday, March 24, 2013

Genesis 21

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 21. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In the beginning of this chapter we read that God came through on his promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son of their own. They named him Isaac. 
  • Then Abraham and Sarah threw a party for their son Isaac. At that party Ishmael (Hagar and Abraham’s son) was seen mocking Isaac. 
  • Hagar found herself wandering in the desert with her young son. We see a heart-wrenching scene where Hagar leaves her son under a bush to die of thirst and walks away crying. But God speaks to her and shows her a well for them to drink from.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 when they finally have a baby. It's been a long time since God made the promise to them that they would have a child. One of the themes of the Bible is waiting. Throughout the Bible God makes promises to people, and then those people have to wait for the promise to come true.
  • The descendants of Hagar and her son Ishmael become the enemies of Isaac's descendants. Isaac's descendants are the people who more actively seek God and to be his people. So in taking care of Hagar and Ishmael, God shows his concern for all humankind, even those who turn away from him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • It’s easy when we’re in the middle of a tough time to forget how God has taken care of us before. Are you going through a really difficult time right now? Take time to look at how God has been evident in your life before and trust him this time too. God loves you more than you can fathom and he delights in caring for us. We just need to be in tune with him to see it.
  • Do you find yourself in a time of waiting? Perhaps you're waiting to be married, or for your child to stop rebelling, or to experience financial freedom. Waiting is normal. It's part of following God. Continue to trust him, even while you wait.