Right quick. We are aware (vaguely) of the account of Sarai and Hagar. Very briefly, God’s promise was doubted…
God said to Abraham, “I will change the name of Sarai, your wife. Her new name will be Sarah. I will bless her. I will give her a son, and you will be the father. She will be the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will come from her.” Abraham bowed facedown on the ground and laughed. He said to himself, “Can a man have a child when he is 100 years old? Can Sarah give birth to a child when she is 90?” Then Abraham said to God, “Please let Ishmael be the son you promised.” God said, “No. Sarah your wife will have a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will make my agreement with him. It will be an agreement that continues forever with all his descendants. “You asked me about Ishmael, and I heard you. I will bless him. I will give him many descendants. And I will cause their numbers to grow very greatly. He will be the father of 12 great leaders.
I will make him into a great nation. But I will make my agreement with Isaac. He is the son whom Sarah will have at this same time next year.” After God finished talking with Abraham, God rose and left him. Then Abraham gathered Ishmael and all the males born in his camp. He also gathered the slaves he had bought. So that day Abraham circumcised every man and boy in his camp. This was what God had told him to do. Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised. And Ishmael, his son, was 13 years old when he was circumcised. Abraham and his son were circumcised on that same day. Also on that day all the men in Abraham’s camp were circumcised. This included all those born in his camp and all the slaves he had bought from other nations. Genesis 17:15-27 ICB
- Ishmael (son, with Hagar)
- Isaac (son, with Sarah)
- Zimran (son, with Keturah)
- Jokshan (son, with Keturah)
- Medan (son, with Keturah)
- Midian (son, with Keturah)
- Ishbak (son, with Keturah)
- Shuah (son, with Keturah)
Sons of Isaac
Esau – sold his birthright for a bowl of soup.
All things that are meant to occur, occur! Amen.
There were very huMan conflicts in the household… we have shared on Abraham and Sarai. God, Who Created the seen from the unseen has written the story of life. Amazingly, God has seen existence after the Universe ceases to be. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. Rev 21:3
Jesus Returns. “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.” (Matthew 25:31, and similarly Mark 8:38 and Luke 9:26)1 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
Jesus Restores/Resurrects/Recreates the Bodies of the Deceased. “And the dead in Christ will rise first.” (1 Thes. 4:16) Jesus referred to this in Lk. 14:14 as “the resurrection of the just.” “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:2)
The Souls of the Deceased are Reunited with Their Bodies. Immediately after death, the souls had received individual judgment from the Lord. “I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.” (Revelation 6:9) “And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done.” (Rev. 20:13) “But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them.” (Wisdom 3:1) But God will reunite the bodies and souls at the resurrection of the dead. “…the breath [or spirit] came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great host.” (Ezekiel 37:10)
Jesus Judges the Living and the Previously Dead. “Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom.” (2 Timothy 4:1) “…they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” (1 Peter 4:5) “The nations raged, but thy wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, for rewarding thy servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear thy name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” (Rev. 11:18) “In accordance with their conduct and their deeds I judged them.” (Ez. 36:19) Jesus: “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” (Mt. 7:2) “And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done.” (Rev. 20:12, see Mt. 25:31–46)
Heaven or Hell for All Eternity. The righteous: “And he who sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ And he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. the thirsty I will give water without price from the fountain of the water of life. He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son.’” (Rev. 21:5–7) The damned: “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:8) “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; and if any one’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Rev. 20:14–15) Jesus in Mt. 25:41: “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Heaven/Earth are Merged. A new Heaven & Earth! “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a great voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:1–4)