Day 21 – Genesis 21

V. 19-21 Abraham could not wait for God to give him and Sarah a son, so he had married Sarah's Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. Now this son could not share with Isaac all the privileges of being the heir of Abraham. Sarah acts unkindly and drives away the servant Hagar and her boy Ishmael. V. 12 God was allowing this, because He had a lesson to teach us. Before we try to learn what all this story means, it is wonderful to see that God took care of the woman and her son (verses 1521). God is merciful. Now the meaning of the story. Read Gal. 4:22-31. The question is "is the believer under law?" The child of the bondwoman (Hagar) is a picture of the people who are under the law. The 24th verse of Gal. 4 has the word "allegory", this means a story, a parable, a type. That which actually happened, and then what it is a picture of. So Hagar and Ishmael are a picture of the law. Sarah and Isaac are a picture of grace (or promise). We believers are not saved by keeping the law, but by grace (Eph. 2:88For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8), Gal. 5:44Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4) and Rom. 5:1414Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. (Romans 5:14)).
V. 22-34 Abimelech, a Gentile, sees that God is with Abraham, and looks up to him and wants to make an agreement with him. He looks to Abraham for protection. You may find this part hard to understand. It is a look into the future a picture of the millennium Rev. 22:22In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:2), last part.