Ishmael, the Son of the Servant (Genesis #33)


Text; Genesis 16

Conceived in unbelief (vss 1-3)

  • The promise is to Abram and Sarai, so this is an act of unbelief.
  • This is notable because the LORD has just credited Abram with righteousness in Genesis 15. Abram believed God would bless him with a child, but he failed to believe how the LORD would do it.
    • Part of growth in the LORD is not only believing what God will do, but trusting HOW he’s going to do it.
    • Wrong methods have consequences.

Consequences are unbearable (vss 4-6)

  • Proverbs 30:21-23
  • Contentious situation is born.

Care given to Hagar, but with a warning (vss 7-14)

Child is brought into this world (vss 15-16)

Comparison to the law

  • Galatians 4:21-26 says this scripture can be used as a picture, an allegory, of trying to be made a child of God by the law.
  • Hagar is like the law given from Mt. Sinai. So Ishmael is a type of a Jew trying to gain righteousness by the law.
    • Conceived in unbelief – Romans 9:31-32
    • Consequences are unbearable.
    • Care is given to Hagar, but with a warning.