Genesis 21 part 2 — Son of Promise, Son of Flesh

 

Genesis 21 has close parallels with apostle Paul’s illustration in Galatians 3-4 on the “son of the promise” from the “free woman” and the “son of the flesh” from the slave woman.

Food for thought from the recorded discussion

Gen. 21:10 — Why did Sarah make such an emphatic statement? How do we know that Abraham had faith? How did he show his faith? Why did God intervene in Abraham’s life? How did God intervene in Lot’s life? Did Abraham know what Lot would do? How did God intervene in Hagar’s life? Why did God change Abram and Sarai’s names?

Gal. 4:22-25 — Did God make a promise to Sarah? Did He fulfill the promise? How did He do so? Who was Abram’s firstborn son? Who was Abraham’s firstborn son? How did Abraham respond to Sarah’s demand about Hagar and her son? Did it please Abraham to cast Hagar and Ishmael? Did it please God to have to cast out the people of Israel and later Judah? Which writings speak of two covenants? How did the Apostle Paul come up with the idea of two covenants (Matt. 26:28; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:22; 2 Cor. 3:13)?

Why isn’t it mentioned by the other Apostles?

Gal. 1:1-4,11 — Is the book of Galatians a new teaching? Is it about circumcision v. uncircumcision?

Gal. 3:1,6-8, 21-22 — When did God “preach the gospel” to Abraham? How did Abraham know that the Gentiles would come to God because of him? How did God introduce Himself to Abraham? What was in Abraham’s heart?

Why did God speak to Sarah but not Abraham at this time?

Speaker: Richard Agee.


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