18 And [he] said to God, Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!
19 But God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed, and you shall call his name Isaac [laughter]; and I will establish My covenant or solemn pledge with him for an everlasting covenant and with his posterity after him.
20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard and heeded you: behold, I will bless him and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly; He will be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. [Fulfilled in Gen 25:12-18.]
21 But My covenant, My promise and pledge, I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.
22 And God stopped talking with him and went up from Abraham.
- Now for the record. I am quoting the Scriptures as they are written. I normally change some the words to refer to our Creator like Lord and God but!
- The Master Creator compels me now to let go. To post the words as understood by the public.
So? You Stopped Talking To Abraham …
Sure enough, a year later? What a marvel! Laughter! Even so? For years and years, I have read such Scriptures without a hint of how marvellously those Scriptures apply to me personally.
- No kidding! It is just now that I am grasping the immensity of Your ways to tell us our own history in the 66 books that comprise the library called Bible.
- Well! The story continues. Quote:
1 NOW THE Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks or terebinths of Mamre; as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day,
2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men stood at a little distance from him. He ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the ground