The Seed of Abraham – Part I

Abram (later called Abraham) had a wife who could not make children so Sarai (later called Sarah) advised her husband to go into Hagar (her maidservant) and impregnate her and as such she would raise up children for her. Once Hagar got pregnant and the baby began to grow in her womb Sarai became despised in Hagar’s eyes and as such Sarai moved upon Abram to put out Hagar and the seed that was growing in her from their presence and that he did.

Let’s read the account from the Word of God – Genesis 16

“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. 4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The LORD judge between you and me.” 6 So Abram said to Sarai, “Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please.” And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence. 7 Now the Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” 9 The Angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.” 10 Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.” 11 And the Angel of the LORD said to her: “Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has heard your affliction. 12 He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” 13 Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; observe, it is between Kadesh and Bered. 15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.”

So she obeyed the Lord and returned to Abram and Sari’s home until the birth of her son.

Now, let us remember this – Ishmael was indeed Abraham’s son (a little backdrop here: many believe that the Islamic religion is a direct product of the Ishmael race, and as such there are some things which we would see that would give us a better understanding of the root of this religion and why and how they think)…

However, we also read in the Scriptures that eventually God’s promise to Abram and Sari (now Abraham and Sarah due to the changing of their names, they had a child in their very old age and named him Isaac)… We also read in Genesis 21 about how Hagar and Ishmael were cast out of Abraham’s presence. Let’s read that account…

Genesis 21:1-21

“And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac. 4 Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.” 7 She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.” 8 So the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned. 9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing. 10 Therefore she said to Abraham, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.” 11 And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham’s sight because of his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called. 13 Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed.” 14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her away. Then she departed and wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba. 15 And the water in the skin was used up, and she placed the boy under one of the shrubs. 16 Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, “Let me not see the death of the boy.” So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.” 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink. 20 So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. 21 He dwelt in the Wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.”

While Hagar and her son were travelling through the desert they became very thirsty and was ready to die when she cried out to the Lord for water and the Angel of the Lord caused her eyes to be open to seeing a Well of Water – (there is a saying amongst the Arabs that this was the opening of her (their eyes) to discover oil… that this was a prophetic sign to them…) That Ishmael is the natural seed of Abraham and as such Ishmael was part of the blessings bestowed upon Abraham… This is where most Arab nations believe the Islamic religion began!

Now we also have to understand this: Arab nations are very, very wealthy! We here in the west have not really seen wealth (we are not speaking about wealth that is as a result of debt, but genuine wealth)… I understand that places like Saudi Arab, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya, Oman, Lebanon and the likes are places to behold. They have enormous amounts of wealth and reserves… And this is so due to vast reserves of oil.

Something about the Islamic religion:

According to the Arabic language dictionaries, you will find out that the meaning of the word Islam is: submission, humbling oneself, and obeying commands and heeding prohibitions without objection, sincerely worshipping Allah alone, believing what He tells you and having faith in Him. The word Islam has become the name of the religion, which was founded by Muhammad.

What this name Islam indicates is that the establishment and founding of this religion was not the work of one particular man and that it is not only for one particular nation to the exclusion of all others. Rather its aim is to give the attribute implied by the word Islam to all the peoples of the earth. So everyone who acquires this attribute, whether he is from the past or the present, is a Muslim, and everyone who acquires this attribute in the future will also be a Muslim. Hmmmm – Interesting…

Abraham was nothing like many of us here in the West. No, Abraham was a very submissive man to God. One of the things that we need to come to terms with is the humanness of Abraham.

Understand that He was not some kind of superhuman. No, no, no he was a man just like us. He had needs, desires, ate, slept went to the bathroom, had sex, lived a normal life. However, whenever and whatever God spoke to him he simply obeyed. And because of his level of obedience (that was without question) as soon as a God spoke there was no debate. It was simply: Is this good enough God?

There are five pillars of Islam, that I would like for us to take a brief look at, in order to understand why these folks think the way they think:

Five Pillars of Islam

1. Shahadah – Faith: this is a declaration of personal faith in Allah. I declare that there is only one god and that Mohammed is his messenger. Every Muslim must say that 17 times per day. There are over 1 billion Muslims in the world so count that. That is 17 billion times the spirit world is receiving this word. So you understand that demons respond to that constant message. Hence the reason for the constant massive press of the Islamic religion. Now, I understand that Mohammed developed this religion because he saw the slackness of Christians. He drew this from Abraham. The second thing is that they believe that Mohammed is God’s messenger and they are very, very respectful to Mohammed. As a matter they would even kill a person if you disrespect Mohammed. However, Christians are not the same way.

As a matter as a child this is drilled into their physique…

2. Salah – Prayer: this is a commitment to daily prayer. This is not an option... here is one of their prayers “Oh Lord, give us the best in this life and in the next and save us from the fire. Oh Lord, open the doors of your mercy.”

Do you understand that we should have that same attitude?

3. Zakat – Charity: this is religious duty of bringing gifts to Allah. And through that he must have a minimum of personal wealth. You know it is the same with the Jews? They expect that you will experience this level of Abraham’s blessings. So as a covenant community they ensure that their brothers enter into this dynamic. Do you realize that these people not only work to see themselves enter into this dimension – they also teach it to their children. They build schools and teach it to their children.

Do you realize that God gave Abraham a son and then God tells him kill the and Abraham did not question God he went to do it. And what did God say to Abraham? Genesis 22:15-19

“Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.”

4. Sawm – Fasting: this is a month long fast. Every Muslim must undergo this every year. It is known as the month of Ramadan. This fast was to control and master the flesh. It was also designed for the empowerment of the soul.

Now understand this we know the Muslim region is demonic. However, what we are doing here is looking at the dimension of how Abraham walked in order to receive the level of blessings he walked in.

5. Hajj – Pilgrimage to Mecca: every Muslim must take a journey to Mecca at least once in his life. Mecca was supposed to be the birthplace of Mohammed. As a matter some say that it was the place where Abraham functioned. What does that translate into for the Believer in Jesus Christ? We must live in the presence of God. We must be worshippers.

Oh please understand that God did not speak to Abraham everyday, of course He did not... Read his life in the Scriptures, he had fears and doubts but he still believed God and never denied Him.

So now we could understand why the Arabs believe with all their hearts that they are the offspring of Abraham and as such the rightful heirs to everything God promised Abraham.

So what we are seeking to do through this teaching is to bring us to the place that we as Christians could begin to walk in the covenant of God the very same way that Abraham walked in that Covenant. Are you hearing me?

Now we must get this God made a promise to Abraham and to his Seed, not seeds as of many but to his SEED, according to the Book of Galatians. So then, it had nothing really to do with Ishmael or Isaac but to his SEED, singular, which we know referred to Christ!

To Be Continued…