“God was with Ishmael”, why aren’t we?

A closer look at Genesis reveals that God intended to bless all Abraham’s descendants, therefore, the Israeli Palestinian occupation is one of the worst accepted atrocities that Jews and Christians have been misled to believe is ordained by God.

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God’s Covenant with Abram:

Gen: 15:18; “On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the rivers of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites” (NRSV).

The Sign of the Covenant:

Gen: 17:3-4; “Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations” (NRSV).

Gen: 17:7-8; “I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien, all the land of Canaan, for the perpetual holding; and I will be their God” (NRSV).

Gen: 17:18; And Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live in you sight!” God said, “No, but your wife Sarah shall bear you a son, and you shall name him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; I will bless him and make him fruitful and exceedingly numerous; and he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at his next season” (NRSV).

Hagar & Ishmael Sent Away:

Gen: 21:10-13; So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac”. The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. But, God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because the boy and because of the slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring” (NSV).

God Saves Hagar & Ishmael:

Gen: 21:16-20 “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him”. Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow” (NRSV).

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