• God Rescues Ishmael

    Genesis 21:15–21

    John Chrysostom comments: “The grace of God is the greatest security and the most impregnable fortification” (Homilies on Genesis 46.7–8). Though all outward circumstances might testify otherwise, the Lord’s people know that He is their rock and ...Read More

  • Ishmael Cast Out

    Genesis 21:8–14

    The removal of Ishmael proves God is continually working to advance His kingdom and remove the threats to His people. Sometimes the advance of His reign requires that He protect us. Other times we may have to suffer and hope ...Read More

  • This Time Next Year

    Genesis 17:20–21

    We are reminded that salvation is wholly from God when we see the many miraculous births in Scripture. Of course, the preeminent example of this is Jesus’ nativity, as He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and ...Read More

  • Through Promise

    Galatians 4:21–31

    John Calvin says Paul “is not inconsistent with the true and literal meaning; when a comparison was drawn between the Church and the family of Abraham. As the house of Abraham was then a true Church…the principal and most ...Read More

  • A God of Seeing

    Genesis 16:13–16

    In His great love, God provided for His people what they could not provide for themselves: perfect righteousness in Christ. While we cannot give this great gift, we can spread His love by working to meet the needs of those ...Read More

  • The LORD Has Listened

    Genesis 16:11–12

    Terrorism and Islamic jihad can make it hard for Western Christians to look upon the children of Ishmael with love. Yet as the Lord will redeem people from every tribe and tongue (Rev. 7:9–10), it is incumbent upon ...Read More

  • The Angel of the LORD

    Genesis 16:7–10

    John Calvin comments, “We are here taught with what clemency the Lord acts towards his own people, although they have deserved severe punishment.” Hagar was proud, and she suffered the consequences, yet God did not forget her. Likewise, we too ...Read More

  • In Your Power

    Genesis 16:4–6

    Pride, blame shifting, and passivity are generally some of the first responses a sinner wants to make when dealing with the consequences of transgression. Yet as we have seen, none of these helps; in fact, they only aggravate the situation ...Read More

  • Sarai Took Hagar

    Genesis 16:2–3

    Our enemy is cunning and will often try and deceive us through those closest to us. Therefore, as John Calvin comments, “We must be on our guard against his wiles; lest by any means he should undermine us.” Consider whether ...Read More

  • A Female Servant

    Genesis 16:1

    Once again in the story of Abraham, Moses records the historical details in such a way as to emphasize the importance of trusting the Lord even in the face of personal difficulty. Real faith does not only believe God when ...Read More