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The reason why Ishmael, one of the fathers of the Arab races was not saved.
Thursday, May 30, 2002
Verse 17 - Abrahams laughter was legitimate and expressed his joy, an emotional response of the fulfillment of the promises of God.
Even though Abraham responded with mature laughter because his emotion is subordinate to doctrine resident in the soul, now his emotion takes over and becomes not emotional revolt, but emotional distraction.
In the previous verse, Abraham laughed, an emotional appreciation of Gods gracious gift.
All Abraham has to do is remember that if Ishmael adjusts to the justice of God, he could live before God, but until he does there is no living before God.
Turn to Acts 16:25
NIV - “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household.” KJV - Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
The Living Bible - “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, and your entire household.”
GAL 4:30b For the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman.
Instead of being a father to a son, and training and teaching and disciplining, Abraham has become emotionally involved.
MAT 18:1-6 - the way we treat children, whether they are our own or others, is extremely important to God.
Qal imperative - chanak = to initiate or to discipline, to dedicate; developing a thirst or training to submit.
child - na`ar = a boy or a child from the age of infancy to adolescence; a servant; young man.
In - `al = in keeping with, in cooperation with, in accordance with; according to his way.
If you want your training to be meaningful and wise, observe your child and discover “his way.”
way - derek = in a course of life or mode of action, a direction.
PRO 30:18-19 - derek = a characteristic, his manner.
Children are not a piece of clay to be molded into what we want them to be.
Cain-Abel Jacob-Esau Absalom-Solomon David-Eliab.
iniquity - avon = perversity.
sin - chet' = in the penalty of sin, in punishment for sin, a reference to the sin nature being passed down to the child.
The child who gets his own or who is left to himself, or left in his original condition in which he is born, will bring shame to his parents.
With the trend toward good there has to be cooperation. With the trend toward evil there has to be counteraction.
Your childs weakness is even strengthened by certain specific tendencies toward evil passed down from family to family or from generation to generation, EXO 34:7.
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