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THE BEGINNING OF THE ARABIAN TRIBES (1 of 5)
EGYPT IN BIBLE PROPHECY
Jesse M. Hendley
Genesis 15:13-16, 16:1-15, 17:15-21, and 21:9-13
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to
Genesis, chapter 16, and we are taking up the subject
of EGYPT IN BIBLE PROPHECY. We will look at the past,
then at some of God's dealings during the years in His
progressive work with Egypt and her relationship to
Him, then finally at the future of Egypt in Bible
prophecy, for she certainly does have a glorious
Egypt's Past: Ishmael
We read in Genesis 16:1-15 (read passage)
Two groups of people are much in the news today. From
Abraham and Hagar through Ishmael descended the
ARABIAN people, and from Abraham and Sarah through
Isaac descended the JEWISH people. So here is the
BEGINNING of the conflict we see today between the
Arabs and the Jews, BOTH descendants of Abraham.
Ishmael was born to the Egyptian, and later Isaac was
born to Sarah, and both were sons of Abraham.
Israel's Past: Isaac
(In Genesis 17:5 Abram's name is changed by God to
Abraham.) In Genesis 17:15 we read through verse 21.
In verse 18, Abraham in a faltering moment said to
God, "O that Ishmael might live before Thee!" In other
words, "God, bless Ishmael."
In Genesis 21:9 we read that Sarah saw Hagar's child
mocking. Therefore she said to Abraham, "Cast out the
bondwoman and her son! The son of this bondwoman shall
not be heir with my son Isaac!"
The thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight
because Ishmael was indeed his son. God said to
Abraham, "Let it not be grievous in thy sight because
of the lad and because of the bondwoman. In all that
Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice, for
in Isaac shall thy seed be called. And also the son of
the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy
So God said He would make a great nation out of the
son of Hagar, the Egyptian. But ...
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