by Jerry Vines

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Goodbye Ishmael (16 of 34)
Jerry Vines
Genesis 21

Twenty five years prior to this chapter, God had promised Abraham that he would have a son and that of the seed of this boy there would be a great nation that would come. You and I know that God fulfilled this and it has actually taken place in history. But it was about a twenty-five year waiting period before the promise which God had made to Abraham was fulfilled.
Now, Abraham is a very, very old man. Yet, the Bible says that God fulfilled His promise at the set time. When I look at that statement in verse 2, I was reminded of Galatians 4, verse 4. "For in the fullness of time, God sent forth His son, made of a woman, made under the law."
God always works on schedule. God is never late with His promises. We do not understand what God is doing and why He is doing it, or how He is doing it, and when He is doing it. But always remember that God is on schedule and in the set time, when God is ready, He will fulfill His will.
So a little boy was born to Abraham and Sarah. I could almost imagine that the angels must have smiled and laughed as they saw that old man, Abraham as he was running and jumping around the camp. I can see him now as he leaps and laughs and rejoices. God has given him a son, Isaac. I can hear him now as he says, "He is MY son. He is Sarah's son. He is God's son." Keep in mind that the Bible tells us that he is a 100 year old man. At the age of 100 he has a boy born, the child of promise.
I heard about an 80 year old man who got married. The first thing he did was buy a four-bedroom house near an elementary school. That's what you call faith.
There you have Abraham and God fulfilled the promise to him.
Next Sunday night we will study chapter 22 of book of Genesis. This chapter has to do with the theme of total commitment. You will notice in that chapter, as you read ahead, that God calls upon Abraham to take this very boy who was born of promise and make him an offering unto the ...

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