Beyond Solomon?February 20 2010 at 1:55 PM
Vince (Login MoxiFox)
Response to My problem is this...
How about beyond Abraham?~
The promise to Abraham was that he would be the father of MANY nations.
The very first attempt failed already, when Hagar/Ishmael were banished in favor of Sarah's child, Isaak.
Now, the argument is made (from Gal. 4:30/Gen. 21:10) that Isaak was a son of promise and Ishmael was the son of human arrangement and that's why Ishmael didn't qualify to carry the original promise to Abraham. However, Paul was merely quoting Sarah and Sarah was the one who proposed the arrangement in the first place!~
Bypassing Ishmael, violated the rules of inheritance and ...... such inheritance was granted to ALL firstborn children, regardless of their maternal pedigree. About half of the children of Jacob were born from handmaids as well and none of them were disinherited on that basis.
[ Deut.21:15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: ]
So you might say that Abraham blew the promise right from the get-go. After that, where's the REST of the STORY? You'd have to go read some Arab Bible to get that.