by Jerry Vines

The Ishmaels and the Isaacs of Life
Jerry Vines
Genesis 21-22

It was red-letter day in the life of Abraham. I can imagine that the angels must have smiled that day as they saw that one hundred year old man hopping and skipping around the tent. From the inside of the tent there was the crying of a new-born baby because the baby boy that God has promised had finally been born. Years and years had passed. There were times when Abraham had wondered if God would ever do what he had promised he would do and yet God kept His promise. In fact, the Bible says here that the Lord did as he had said. Folks, I want to say to you that God can always be counted on to do what He says He will do. The Scripture say that all the promises of Gad are 'amen' in Christ Jesus. God will keep His promises. God will do what He says He will do. In the second verse it says that the child was born at the set time of which God had spoken to him. This simply means that God was on schedule. God was not late.

There were times when Abraham and Sarah thought God was late, and they wondered if God was going to be on schedule, but He was. God is always on schedule. God is always on time. When I read this I thought about what Paul said in Galatians 4:4 where it says:

When the fullness of the time was come God sent forth His Son.

God sent Jesus just exactly at the right time. God did what He said He would do and he did it when it needed to be done. So, here is the promise. Oh, how Abraham's heart must have been thrilled. Oh, how excited he must have been that day. I can see him running from tent to tent passing out cigars. It's a boy! It's a boy! How thrilled he was. It was his boy. It was Sarah's boy. It was God's boy. Isaac, the promised son, had been born. Isaac's name means laughter. It must have been a source of real excitement and real laughter and real joy that day when Isaac was born. Abraham had great plans for this boy.

Abraham knew that God had invested in the life of this so ...

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