In the last chapter Abraham lies to a king but God chooses to punish the king instead of Abraham. We also learned that Sarah is Abraham’s half-sister, showing that the God of the Bible condones incest. Chapter 21 brings us the birth of Isaac.
“Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.” – Genesis 21:5
I’ve already discussed, in Chapter 18, that this is impossible. Even more impossible is Sarah giving birth at the age of 90. Why the authors of the Bible went to these lengths is beyond me. The Bible would be much more believable if Sarah was 30 and Abraham was 40. As it stands, the story did NOT happen the way as described in the Bible. It’s supposed to show the “power” of God, but it just reads as complete nonsense.
“But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham, ‘Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.’” – Genesis 21:9-10
Ishmael is a teenager at this time and is acting immature, but let us not forget that Sarah WANTED Abraham to have a child with Hagar. Now Sarah is sending Hagar away for the second time. Sarah is showing how loving of a human she really is. Hagar and Ishmael leave, encountering very difficult travel. God does come in and help Hagar and Ishmael, but allowing them to suffer first is just twisted. This story is told in verses 11-21.
“Now swear to me (Abimelech) here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants.” – Genesis 21:23
Abraham agrees and with Abimelech makes a treaty.
And that concludes Chapter 21. The Christian apologist will argue that God gave Ishmael a great nation and looked after him. However, this is only after God allowed Sarah to treat Hagar rudely and forced Abraham to ‘disown’ his first born son. This all started with Sarah wanting Abraham to have a child with another woman. After the act took place, Sarah was upset and God backed her up. This just goes to show that God picks and chooses His favorites, regardless of faith and/or good deeds.
Coming Soon: Genesis – Chapter 22: Abraham Tested