Walt Thrun

It all began when God cursed the devil in the garden as a consequence for his deception.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15

While Satan and his seed may cause the Seed of the woman to suffer, the Seed of the woman would ultimately destroy Satan’s seed with a fatal blow. However, the destruction of Satan himself will be done by the Father of the Seed of the woman.

Let’s go forward to 2090 BC when God told a man named Abram to leave his homeland east of the Euphrates River to a new land.

“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:2-3

Ten years passed and Abram and his wife Sarai had no offspring to inherit God’s promise.

The promise included that there would be one born from Abram’s own body to inherit the covenant.

As time progressed Sarai resorted to a custom prevalent in that day that a barren wife could offer a maidservant to her husband to have a child by him.

Sarai’s handmaid subsequently became pregnant with a boy child. Sarai then became very angry with Hagar and sent her away while she was carrying the child.

When Hagar departed she was approached by the Angel of the LORD and He spoke to her.

“Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand…Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael…He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and everyman’s hand against him…” Genesis 16:9, 11-12

The term ‘wild man’ means onager which is a wild donkey. Subsequently God spoke to Job and added to the description of the onager.

“Who loosed the bonds of the onager, whose home I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwelling? He scorns the tumult of the city; he does not heed the shouts of the driver…” Job 39:5-7

Time continued to pass and Sarai still had not born a son to Abram. At this time Abram was 99 years old, Sarai was 89 years old and Ishmael was 13 years old.

Abram then offered Ishmael as the heir of the covenant.

“Then God said: ‘No, Sarah (Sarai) your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful… He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.’” Genesis 17:19-21

And just as God promised, Sarah bore Isaac to Abraham (Abram) at the exact time promised.

“So the child (Isaac) grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar…scoffing (ridiculing, laughing).” Genesis 21:8-9

At that time Sarah made a profound proclamation to her husband Abraham.

“Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.” Genesis 21:10

Thus Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away to the desert wilderness in southern Canaan where they nearly died of thirst.

But God heard the lad and He opened his mother’s eyes and she saw a well of water.

So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness (of Paran,i.e.Arabia) and became an archer.” Genesis 21:20

‘Archer’ in the present context means ‘excellent with the bow.’

Ishmael subsequently took a wife from Egypt and they had twelve sons who tradition states are the Arabian’s ancestors.

To be continued.

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