Useless Information? by Thomas Swope

Useless Information?
Thomas Swope
Genesis 25: 12-18

12 Now this is the genealogy of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's maidservant, bore to Abraham. 13 And these were the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: The firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 16 These were the sons of Ishmael and these were their names, by their towns and their settlements, twelve princes according to their nations. 17 These were the years of the life of Ishmael: one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people. 18 (They dwelt from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt as you go toward Assyria.) He died in the presence of all his brethren.
Let me ask you a question and I want you to thoroughly consider it before coming up with an answer. Do you find any of the books of the bible or for that matter separate portions of the bible boring?
Come on now, tell the truth and shame the devil. I know in the past that I did. However, I have learned that what our Precious Holy Spirit has put into the Bible is all good.
Now I am sure all of understand that Ishmael was not in the line of importance as far a tracing the lineage of the Messiah. So, why did our Holy Spirit put in as a permanent record Ishmael's genealogy?
Well, for one thing, we can trace the Arab migration. You see we tend a lot to call all Islamic or Muslim people Arabs. They are not.
Our Holy God knows the beginning from the end. He foresaw the confusion the Islamic religion would try to contend.
Ishmael is not the Father of Muhammad. According to the Holy Bible Ishmael settled in Paran and married an Egyptian from whom he had twelve sons: We read in the book of Genesis chapter 21 verses 13-21:
"Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shou ...


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