Isaac and Ishmael (Genesis 20-21)

The promise of a son is fulfilled.

Sunday morning our kiddos learned:

  1. Abraham struggled in trusting God
  2. God fulfilled His promise to Abraham
  3. God saved Ishmael and Hagar

Where is Jesus?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:28-31.

All of our boasting should be about what God has done for us, not what we do for ourselves. That was certainly true of Abraham's life. God promised to give Abraham a son through his wife Sarah. Sarah seemed to be too old to have children, so she suggested Abraham take a second, younger wife to have a son. That's how Ishmael was born. Ishmael was Abraham's effort to make God's promise come true. But later on Sarah gave birth to Isaac, which was a miracle.

God wants us to give him the glory and praise for our salvation. That is why God gave Isaac to Abraham in his old age and that is the pattern God follows in saving us. There is nothing we can do to take away our sin. We must depend on Jesus to take it away. When God saves us, we know that all of the credit should go to God.

In the home

We are on week 13 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 85). Questions I would focus on include:

  • When you are tempted to be afraid and not trust God? (Day 1)
  • Why does God make Abraham and Sarah wait so long? (Day 2)
  • God kept His promise to Abraham. How can this encourage us as we try to trust God for the things we need? (Day 2)
  • Does God save us because of how good we are? (Day 3)

Memory Verse

This month's memory verse is Psalm 145:1-3. The highlighted portion below will be quoted on September 3rd.

Aaron Cotton