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Genesis Chapter 21:


Gen 21:1-34

(1)  And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

(2)  For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

(3)  And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

(4)  And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.

(5)  And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.

(6)  And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.

(7)  And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.

(8)  And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

(9)  And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.

(10)  Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

(11)  And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

(12)  And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

(13)  And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

(14)  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

(15)  And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

(16)  And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

(17)  And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

(18)  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

(19)  And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

(20)  And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

(21)  And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

(22)  And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:

(23)  Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.

(24)  And Abraham said, I will swear.

(25)  And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away.

(26)  And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.

(27)  And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.

(28)  And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

(29)  And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

(30)  And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

(31)  Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.

(32)  Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

(33)  And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.

(34)  And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.




Thought For This Chapter…


Turning the laughter of unbelief turned into the laughter of overflowing joy.  That is exactly what Sarah experienced at the birth of Isaac.


Keep in mind, when Sarah was first told about God’s promise of a child to Abraham, she mocked Abraham with the laughter of unbelief…


Gen 18:12

(12)  Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?



Now following Isaac’s birth, her laughter has been transformed to one of overflowing joy…


Gen 21:6

(6)  And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.



What a wonderful experience for Sarah or for us as well!


Have you ever had a dream that seemed absolutely unachievable?  Have you ever had a need that seemed unable to be supplied?  Have you ever had a prayer request that seemed to be beyond possibility of fulfillment?


Then, do you remember the great joy you experienced when you see God’s miraculous intervention in the situation bringing about that which you thought you could never attain?  Remember the overwhelming feeling of appreciation and awe towards the Lord for all He had done for you!   This is what Sarah was experiencing at the birth of Isaac.  The impossible had become possible, the unattainable had been attained, the hopeless need had been supplied.


May we all take a moment to think back at our life and remember one of these great events where our Lord did the seemingly impossible to be a blessing to us.  And then, let us realize the greatest miracle of all was our salvation experience.   Let’s praise Him for it, remember His greatness through it, and determine to live our lives for Him today and every day for the wonderful miracle He has done for us!


Psa 77:13-15

(13)  Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

(14)  Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

(15)  Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

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