Chapter 1: Isaac and Ishmael “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now” Galatians 4:28-29. Isaac: The Child of Promise: The promised son through the words of ancient rabbinical writings: “The birth of Isaac was a happy event, and not in the house of Abraham alone. The whole world rejoiced, for God remembered all barren women at the same time with Sarah. They all bore children. And all the blind were made to see, all the lame were made whole, the dumb were made to speak, and the mad were restored to reason. And a still greater miracle happened: on the day of Isaac’s birth the sun shone with such splendor as had not been seen since the fall of man, and as he will shine again only in the future world.” (1) Abraham had been given a great promise from God; a covenant obligating anyone who broke the promise to die. Then God performed the covenant while Abraham slept. The Covenant: God instructed Abram to leave his father’s house and go to
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