This resume shows us the whole picture so we can get perspective on Ishmael.
|Hagar and Ishmael in desert, Grigoriy Ugryumov|
Much of what happened throughout his life cannot be blamed on Ishmael. He was caught in a process much bigger than himself. However, his own actions showed that he had chosen to become part of the problem and not part of the solution. He chose to live under his circumstances rather than above them.All quotes from Life Application Study Bible. This series first ran in 2004 and 2005. I'm refreshing it as I go. For links to the whole study, go to the Genesis Index. For more about the resources used, go here.
Strengths and accomplishments:
Weaknesses and mistakes:
- One of the first to experience the physical sign of God's covenant, circumcision
- Known for his ability as an archer and hunter
- Fathered 12 sons who became leaders of warrior tribes
Lessons from his life:
- Failed to recognize the place of his half brother, Isaac, and mocked him
- God's plans incorporate people's mistakes
- Where: Canaan and Egypt
- Occupation: Hunter, archer, warrior
- Relatives: Parents - Hagar and Abraham. Half brother - Isaac.
"God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, 'What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation'" (Genesis 21:17, 18).
Ishmael's story is told in Genesis 16-17; 25:12-18; 28:8, 9; 36:1-3. He is also mentioned in 1 Chronicles 1:28-31; Romans 9:7-9; Galatians 4:21-31.