Covenant Father 13: The Well of the Oath - Genesis 21:22-34

As we switch from dealing with Abraham’s internal family struggles to his witness to the world around him, the contrast is pretty striking: Ishmael mocks and divides the family, but King Abimelech sees God at work in Abraham’s life and wants to make a covenant with him. Ishmael can’t see the big picture because of his jealousy, but Abimelech recognizes the key truth: God is with Abraham.Because Abimelech recognizes this, he and his military man come to make a covenant of peace. What Abimelech wants is peace and honest dealings between him and Abraham, but before they make a covenant,…

Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 12: Mercy for the Mocker - Genesis 21:8-21

Abraham and Sarah throw little Isaac a great feast at his weaning, when he stops being Sarah’s baby and starts to be Abraham’s son. Isaac is probably 2-3 years old, and he can now walk and talk and eat on his own. The boy named Laughter is bringing laughter and happiness to everyone at the feast, and everyone who hears is laughing with Sarah.But we hear a different kind of laughter as Ishmael becomes a twisted parody of Isaac – he laughs all right, but not out of joy or happiness. Ishmael’s laughter is laced with scorn and contempt, and…

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 11: Covenant Child - Genesis 21:1-7

Finally, the child of promise is born! Finally, the man named “Exalted Father” and then re-named “Father of a Multitude” has a child! We’ve seen false start after wrong turn, but at last, God’s promise has come true. This is what it has all been about: God called Abraham because He knew that Abraham would pass on his faith to his children, so that God’s even greater covenant promises could be fulfilled through Abraham’s family line. And at last, that child is born.The big point being made is that God did this, not Abraham and Sarah, and so v.1 –…

Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2017 by CJ Bowen