Ishmael’s Blessing

Ishmael was greatly blessed by the LORD.

Sarai and Abram had decided to not wait on God’s promise, and concocted a scheme to get an heir, not believing what Abram had been promised by the LORD.

FYI: Abram means, exalted father.
Abraham means, father of a multitude.
Sarai means, my princess.
Sarah means, she is a princess.
Hagar means, emigration, forsaken, stranger.
Ishmael means, God will hear.

1   Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar;  2 and Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my maid; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.  3 So, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.  4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.  5 And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my maid to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!”  6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her. Gen. 16:1-6

So now there is a huge jealousy problem between Sarai and Hagar. Hagar is a concubine, or second kind of wife. Sarai is the wife in charge as she was a dowery wife, or the first wife. (See Also: Three Kinds of Wives)

Hagar essentially ran away from Sarai, feeling there was a better life in the wilderness. At this point in the narrative, Hagar is with child.

Found by the LORD, himself, Hagar is by a spring of water. The child she will bear is a son of Abram and will be mightily blessed by the LORD.

She is on her way to Shur, believed to be between Egypt and ancient Israel. Shur roots from the verb to travel or journey, so it is where one is on the way to somewhere else.

7   The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.  8 And he said, “Hagar, maid of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.”  9 The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her.”  10 The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will so greatly multiply your descendants that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”  

11 And the angel of the LORD said to her, 

“Behold, you are with child, 

and shall bear a son; 

you shall call his name Ishmael; 

because the LORD has given heed (listened) to your affliction.  

12 He shall be a wild ass of a man, 

his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him; 

and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”  

13 So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “Thou art a God of seeing”; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?”  14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered. Gen. 16:7-14

The Angel of the LORD

The Angel of the LORD, or the physical presence of God, doesn’t speak to just anybody. His appearances are rare and profound. Hagar is one of a very few people in the Bible who are blessed with such an event.

After hearing Hagar’s cry, the LORD comes to this woman of faith, and announces to her she is with child. She must return to her mistress and submit to her. The LORD is providing for her and her child.

Hagar is told by God to name her son Ishmael. God doesn’t name people very often. Ishmael is the very first person that God named, quite an honor. Ishmael is going to be the father of a great multitude or number of descendants, a very numerous people. Another blessing.

When God does name individuals, it is only those that typologically or literally point to The Redeemer. [Gen. 17:19; Is 7:14; Is. 8:3; Hos. 1:4 ; Hos. 1:9;  Matt. 1:21; Luke 1:13]

Donkeys

It is unfortunate that the translators have constructed their understanding of the words by their own prejudices. Hence, the idea that Ishmael is a wild ass as a curse, and not a blessing.

First of all, one never sees a wild donkey that is not well fed. They seem to be able to find food where ever they are. They are by nature, roaming animals that are difficult to tame, thus wild. It is only when they are tamed and controlled by humans that they sometime suffer from want or neglect.

The characteristic of these numerous peoples is that they will be wanderers and very independent.

Before the Face

In Hebrew this is EL-PHANA, meaning before the face. We see it in Gen 1:2 when the deep and the waters are before the face of the Creator. In Gen 1:20 the Heavens are before the face of the Creator. In Gen 4:14 Cain is driven from before the face of the ground. The term means to deeply consider someone or something.

The translators have put against every man for the phrase EL-PHANA, before the face of everyman. Meaning that everyone is impressed by this man and his descendants. To dwell against all his kinsmen, should be before the face of his kinsmen.

Donkeys are also known for their bravery in the face of predators. They do not run as other animals, but stand before the face of any predator. They will kick and bite to defend themselves and the rest of their herd. Whatever happens, his kinsmen must always consider this perspective.

Consider Abraham’s son Ishmael

When Abraham receives the prophecy of Isaac’s birth, He asked God to also consider Ishmael.

As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him and make him fruitful and multiply him exceedingly; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. Gen. 17:20

In spite of the difficult family relations, Abraham clearly cares deeply for Ishmael. God recognizes this and tells Abraham the same basic promise He gave Hagar.

Hagar and Ishmael 1879 by Frederick R .A. Goodall, (1822-1904)

8   And the child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.  9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac.  10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.”  11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son.  12 But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the lad and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your descendants be named.  13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”  14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. Gen. 21:8-14

No one really knows what “playing with Isaac” means. There are a great many speculative things written by both the Jews and the Church, none of them are very kind to Ishmael. What ever he was doing, Sarah took the opportunity to rid herself of Hagar and Ishmael. She saw Ishmael as a threat to the blessings of Isaac.

Ishmael through no real fault of his own or his mother Hagar, are put out. Ishmael found himself out of favor with his father’s other wife. Abraham is upset, but God reminded him that all would be well with the boy. So, the mother and son of great blessing were sent out into a dry and barren land.

15   When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.  16 Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Let me not look upon the death of the child.” And as she sat over against him, the child lifted up his voice and wept.  17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles 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 fast 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 And God was with the lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow.  21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt. Gen. 21:15-21

This time, the LORD hears the voice of Ishmael and comes to save them from great thirst. The promise of Ishmael becoming a great nation must have comforted Hagar.

Many years later, both Ishmael and Isaac come to their fathers funeral. There does not seem to be any lasting animosity between the two boys, as both are present.

8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9 Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Mach-pelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, Gen. 25:8-9

The Son’s of Ishmael

12   These are the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s maid, bore to Abraham.  13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, named in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the first-born of Ishmael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,  14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,  15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.  16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes.  17 (These are the years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred and thirty-seven years; he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his kindred.)  18 They dwelt from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria; he settled over against all his people. Gen. 25:12-18

The text indicates that while Ishmael lived, his family traveled in the land of his father Abraham. The land that is between Assyria and Egypt.

FYI: Mohamed was a descendant of Ishmael’s son Kedar (See Also: The Tents of Kedar)

We also learn of the 12 princes that are tribal descendants of Ishmael. Today, we know that most of the Arab speaking nations are descendants of Ishmael. Those that are not of Ishmael, are of Abraham’s other sons by his third wife Keturha.

1   Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah.  2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.  3 Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Le-ummim.  4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.  5 Abraham gave all he had to Isaac.  6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country. Gen. 25:1-6

The Arab world contains approximately about 500 million people. They are very prosperous as these countries contain much of the world’s oil and minerals yet untouched.

For most of history these tribes continued in the faith of their father Abraham. When the Messiah came most of what was then the Easter Roman Empire follow His teachings, and where among the first that were called Christians. It was only later that the teaching of the crazy man Mohamed turned them from faith. Few stood up to the call of ,“convert or die.”

Now is the time to call the Son’s of Abraham back to the faith of their father.

The Tents of Kedar, Psalm 120

Mohammed in the Bible

This is one of those Passages where we shake out heads and go “I don’t know”. However all the answers are in old theology books. There is nothing new under the sun. There is always someone in ages passed that knew what the passage meant.

Psa. 120:

 A Song of Ascents. 

1 In my distress I cry to the LORD, that he may answer me: 

2 “Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.” 

3 What shall be given to you? And what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? 

4 A warrior’s sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree! 

5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! 

6 Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. 

7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war! 

So where was or is Meshech and what or who are the tents of Kedar?

Meshech

Meshech is one of the sons of Japheth from whom the Europeans descended [Gen 10:2]. And it never has been a good place for the children of Israel to be in their wanderings. The Crusades, The INQUISITION, the progroms, and constant evictions followed them everywhere the wandered. It wasn’t until Oliver Cromwell in 1699 that they could even be buried in England.

Kedar

Maimonides a.k.a. The RamBam

Kedar was a son of Ishmael [Gen 25:13]. The question is why of all the sons of Ishmael this one and not one of the other 11? Because Mohammed was of the Koresh clan and they descended from Kedar. As the RamBam put it “for the Madman and imbecile is of the lineage of the children of Kedar as they readily admit.” Maimonides, “Letter to Yemen” 1:4. The RamBam wrote in Hebrew so the word translated as “Madman” would have been “Meshugana”.

Maimonides saw that this was a prophecy about the subjugation of the Jews to the Arabs because of the teaching of the Meshugana one. That this was because of the Jews sin, and there was noting to do but endure.

Remember, my co-religionists, that on account of the vast number of our sins, God has hurled us in the midst of this people, the Arabs, who have persecuted us severely, and passed baneful and discriminatory legislation against us, as Scripture has forewarned us, “Our enemies themselves shall judge us” (Deuteronomy 32:31). “Letter to Yemen” 1:4

You might also be interested in this Muslim sight Mohammed in the Bible

 

Types in the Tabernacle/Temple

temple2The Mishkan or Tabernacle also called the Tent of Meeting or Ohel Mo’ad was full of types of Messiah, His life and His work. The Dispensationalist  with their literal carnal minded interpretation lose the greater typological meaning by their insistence in a literal method of interpretation and clearly lose the intended typology. They are actually idolaters exalting Israel and its temple, priesthood, and sacrifices, while missing the mystical spiritual meaning of Messiah.

. . . because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2Cor. 4:18 

Seeking the Literal

The Dispensationalist see in Amos 9 a future rebuilt literal temple, while missing that James at the Jerusalem council, Acts 15 clearly states that the prophecy is fulfilled in the body of the Congregation. (See Also: The Third Temple)

They search for the Ark of the Covenant even though Jeremiah says it is gone forever and not to be remembered.

And when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the LORD, they shall no more say, “The ark of the covenant of the LORD.” It shall not come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; it shall not be made again.  Jer. 3:16

The Dispensationalist get all excited become some group of Jews have built the lampstand. Forgetting that Messiah is the Light of the World. There is no need for anyone to walk in darkness.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

FYI: The Greek word translated as world here is actually cosmos.

They seek the a red heifer to make ashes of, so the Jews can be cleansed. However all are made clean by the Word of Messiah.

You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. John 15:3

False Foundation

Their dispensations have no foundation in the Bible, but are fabricated from their own imaginations, dependent on the belief that God is not immutable. (See Also: Dispensations and Immutable)

While claiming to be free of the Law themselves (because they live in a dispensation they have named Grace) they seek to impose the laws of sacrifice on a vague future. Somehow they have lost their way in their literal interpretation.

Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. Rom. 3:31

They have missed that the ceremonial law is fulfilled but has not passed away, the temple is destroyed, and the moral law stands forever.

For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Matt. 5:18

Missing the Mark

What did the Law represent? It represented what was to be accomplished? The redemption of mankind. Which happened at the Cross. Of which the Temple was only a shadow.

While the Messianics study the Temple and its services are accused of being “under the Law” those that never study it, are ready to impose the  Law’s sacrificial system on others. Thereby missing the point.

. . . he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. Heb. 9:12

Messianics study the shadow to learn more about the spiritual, not to practice it. (See Also: Why We Keep the Feasts)

FYI: Dispensationalism with its Futurist interpretation of prophecy has infiltrated the Messianic Movement with this “literal” blunder. (See Also: Futurism and what it does to Faith)

Off the Track

All this dispensational nonsense started because they had to come up with some semi logical way of explaining their belief in a Rapture, as the Rapture has no Theological foundation. The Rapture’s true foundation is the ecstatic utterances of Margaret MacDonald and followers of John Darby and Edward Irving in the first half of the 1800s.

FYI: The oldest rule of hermeneutics is so old it is in Latin, “Quod non set Biblicum, non est Theologicum” translation, “If is ain’t in the Bible, it ain’t Theology.”

In their attempt to make sense of nonsense, the Dispensationalists make the make God too small. He is literally not omnipresent. They teach, that God lives in heaven, followed by a teaching that we will also live in heaven when we die, when the Bible says nothing of the kind. The creator God cannot be contain in any place whether it is called heaven or not, He fills all of creation. (See Also: Omnipresent and What Happens when We Die)

If you find that you have been taught by these Dispensationalist, and have no idea what is true and what is error. Please read our post on Hermeneutics, it is a short concise look at how prophecy is interpreted by protestants in general.

David’s Victory a Type of Messiah’s Victory

headNow then bring it about; for the LORD has promised David, saying, ‘By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines, and from the hand of all their enemies.’” 2Sam. 3:18

The Philistines stand in typology as the enemies of David and the Israelites representing the antitype of the spirit enemies of Messiah and the Congregation.

For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph. 6:12  (c.f. Rom. 8:38; Eph. 3:10; Col. 1:16; Col. 2:15)

And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. Rev. 12:10

Messiah’s authority to win this battle is a given.

Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Luke 10:19

. . . then the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Rom. 16:20

. . . to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Eph. 1:6

7  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 which he lavished upon us. Eph. 1:7

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Cor. 15:57

Although Satan was defeated at the cross, he still afflicts God’s people, just as David defeated the Philistines, yet they continued from time to time to afflict God’s people. It was not until Hezekiah that the Philistines were finally defeated. (See Also: Philistia Who?)

He smote the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city. 2Kings 18:8

So Satan will not be defeated till he is thrown into the lake of fire.

. . . and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Rev. 20:10

The Lord’s Day

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet Rev. 1:10 

right_handThe first commentary I ever read on The Revelation, went to great lengths to explain that, “The Lord’s Day” was Sunday the first day of the week. The second commentary I read went to equally great lengths to explain that it was the seventh day of the week or the Sabbath.

After many years of study it has occurred to me that these attitudes are born on both sides of anti-Jewish sentiment, and general ignorance of the Torah. For the rather obvious truth is that it is Yom Kippur/The Day of Atonement, which can fall on any day of the week. The reasons for this are plain as day.

First, the Lord presents Himself as the Ancient of Days with the right and power to judge. [Dan. 7:9; Rev. 1:14]

Second, the seven church’s for whom the letter was intended are warned of their short comings. [Rev 2-3]

Third, There are 24 elders all dressed as High Priests on Yom Kippur. They are wearing white and have golden crown and golden censors. [Lev. 8:9; Lev. 16:4, 12 Rev. 4:4; Rev. 5:8]

The rest of the book is about God’s judgements, on those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and those who is not. [Deut. 29:20; Dan. 12:1; Rev. 20:15; 21:27]

The entire book is one great call to get right with God for today is the day of salvation, today is Yom Kippur/the Day or Atonement. Its point is, that it is always Yom Kippur before the throne. The final sacrifice has been made. The way to the throne is open to all on this day, and it is always this day before the throne.

However at the end of the day, the offer of Salvation will be withdrawn, the gates will be closed, and there will be those left outside. [Rev. 22:15]

Psalm 22:29-31

second-coming2Because the RSV really goofed the translation we are going to switch here to the KJV.

29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: 

all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: 

and none can keep alive his own soul. 

30 A seed shall serve him; 

it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 

31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, 

that he hath done this. 

Being fat has for most of the earth’s history been a sign of prosperity, as food was not alway easy to come by before the industrialization of farming. Here the point is that death is the great equalizer, one cannot secure ones position in the afterlife with wealth or poverty in this life. In the end no one will escape from having to worship the Lord. All will bow either willingly or grudgingly.

. . . that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Phil. 2:10

A seed shall serve him, this is meant that only a few shall serve the Lord. It is not “their seed” for service to God, for it is not secured by birth but rather by obedience. It is not “The Seed” for that would reverence Messiah, and the first part of this Psalm was about His work, this is about our response. It is not “many seeds” for true believers are never many.

. . . knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ. Col. 3:24

Those that serve the Lord are His generation.

Then we thy people, the flock of thy pasture, will give thanks to thee for ever; from generation to generation we will recount thy praise. Psa. 79:13

And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness from generation to generation for ever. Psa. 106:31

His great work on the cross that brought salvation to the who-so-ever wills and not just to the physical descendants of Abraham must be proclaimed to the people who are not yet born. Every generation must repeat the tale, we must tell the story of Messiah, from generation to generation.

For the work He promised, is done, it is finished, He kept the promise, there is no more that can be done. We must simple trust.

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30