by Stan Coffey

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Series: Islam - What You Need To Know Now
Stan Coffey
Genesis 25:12-18

The reason for that title is that we're living in the times when Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. It's rapidly approaching the status of being the second largest religion in the United States, second only to Christianity. So, this is a religion that has great political, economic, as well as religious significance. We must be aware of the signs of the times. I want to direct your attention to Genesis 25:12 on your outline. We go all the way back to the origin of Islam. Islam is a religion that began with the descendants of Ishmael. Ishmael was the son of Abraham and his maid servant.

You remember the story of how Abraham desired a son. God promised him that he would have a son from whom many, many would come and his descendants would be as the sand of the sea. Abraham could not wait upon God's timing and so, being in advanced age, and not having a child, and his wife Sarah being apparently barren, she said to him, ''It'd be alright if my hand maiden slept with you so that you could have a son. I know how much you want one. God has promised a son, but so far He's not provided and so perhaps this is the way the Lord will provide a son.'' Of course, the child was born to Hagar, the maid servant of Abraham and servant.

When he was born he immediately caused a division in the family. Sarah, being barren looked upon Hagar, who had a child, and she was very jealous. She just couldn't live under the same tent with Hagar and so Abraham sent Hagar and her little son away. But, God protected them in the wilderness and God had a plan for Ishmael.

Look at what He says here about His plan. ''Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's hand-maid, bare unto Abraham: And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and K ...

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