By faith we are told, that Abraham attempted to offer his ‘only son’ as a sacrifice to God. The skeptic and naysayer say pridefully, “See, the Bible is in error—everyone knows that Abraham’s first son was Ishmael and Isaac was his second.”
We who believe know better, for Ishmael was the result of a sinful work of Abraham’s flesh in an attempt to help out God by fathering a child through Hagar, his wife Sarah’s servant. The Genesis account of that story reminds us that God does not need our help and this account in Hebrews reminds us that God does not rub our noses in the messes we tend to make.
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12
We Know It Is True
Consider the Hebrews ‘Hall of Faith’ and all the names listed therein. From our Old Testament lessons we recall the unrighteousness, the sins, and the lawless deeds of these men and women, but in Hebrews 11 God does not remember. Not one sin is mentioned; not Abraham’s, not Samson’s, and not even David’s. The only thing that God recollects is their obedience by and through their faith.
What is the lesson for us? It is time to forget what God has already forgotten and is it time to remember that whatever we do outside of faith is of no eternal value.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him… Hebrews 11:6a
These articles may or may not relate:
- Is Islam And Christianity Related? (spiritualmessiahministries.wordpress.com)
- Faith Sight (rockchristiancenter.wordpress.com)
- Attitudes Towards Muslims: Separating Ishmael and Isaac? (mark-cannon.com)
- Our Attitudes Towards Muslims: Can God Bless Ishmael and Isaac? (mark-cannon.com)
- Genesis 21 – Impressive promptness by God (inchristalonedevotions.wordpress.com)
- God Cares For The Boy Ishmael (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- Christ as the Sacrificed Son in the Book of Genesis (the-scarlet-thread.com)