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Summary: When God makes a promise we can believe it.

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GENESIS 21:1-21

The Birth of a Newborn

God Finally Delivered (21:1-2)

“Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him.”

When God Makes a Promise We Can Believe It

Abraham Fulfilled His Duty (21:3-5)

“Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.”

When God Comes Through, We Need to Remember to Do the Same

Sarah Found Delight (21:6-7)

“Sarah said, ‘God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.’

And she said, ‘Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.’”

The Blessings of God Are Meant To Be Enjoyed

GENESIS 21:1-21

The Birth of a Newborn

The Beginning of a New Nation

The Beginning of a Nation

Trouble for Ishmael (21:8-13)

“The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham was mocking. Therefore she said to Abraham, ‘Drive out this slave and her son, for the son of this slave shall not be an heir with my son Isaac.’

The Beginning of a Nation

11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because of his son. But God said to Abraham, ‘Do not be distressed because of the boy and your slave; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named. And of the son of the slave I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant.’”

God Uses the Bad to Accomplish the Good

Joseph sold into slavery

Daniel and the Lions Den

Job afflicted by Satan

Genesis 21:1-21: Sarah is plainly in the wrong, but God seems to agree with her???

The Beginning of a Nation

Trouble for Ishmael (21:8-13)

God Uses the Bad to Accomplish the Good

Turmoil for Hagar (21:14-16)

“So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba. When the water in the skin was used up, she left the boy under one of the bushes.

Turmoil for Hagar (21:14-16)

Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bow shot away, for she said, ‘Do not let me see the boy die.’ And she sat opposite him, and lifted up her voice and wept.

Sometimes We Are Brought to a Point of Desperation and Agony

The Beginning of a Nation

Trouble for Ishmael (21:8-13)

God Uses the Bad to Accomplish the Good

Turmoil for Hagar (21:14-16)

Sometimes We Are Brought to a Point of Desperation and Agony

Deliverance for Both (21:17-21)

God Heard the Crying

“God heard the boy crying.” (21:17)

God Spoke Reassurance

“…and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, ‘What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.” (21:17)


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