One of the best known stories in the Bible is the story of Abraham and Sarah having a baby. God had promised them a child when they were well past childbearing age. Over the years, they decided to have a surrogate child through Sarah’s servant. She actually suggested Abraham to have sex with his servant, Hagar, and hopefully she would get pregnant. Well, Abraham did and Hagar actually got pregnant by Abraham and the end result was a son named Ishmael. In the eyes of Abraham and Sarah, Ishmael would be the promised child and the firstborn of Abraham. Their intentions were good, but that was not what God had in mind.
God does not need our help to keep his promises. God had promised that Sarah and Abraham would have a son together. God waited years to fulfill his promise to teach them and us valuable lessons. The Bible tells us in Genesis 21:1 that GOD “visited” Sarah and she became pregnant with Abraham’s son. The lesson here is that GOD is the creator of all life. Every woman who has ever been pregnant has been visited by God. How can a believer think he has the right to an abortion. Are you greater than GOD.
Sarah eventually gave birth to a son named Isaac. She was 90 and Abraham was 100. Isaac was born and created by the spirit of GOD. His birth is an image of our salivation. Ishmael represents our first birth and Isaac represents our second birth. To be born again or saved means that we have experienced a second birth. It is important to note that Ishmael was born of the flesh. Over the years, Sarah saw one day Ishmael mocking Isaac. This is an illustration of how the flesh covets against the Spirit.
In the scriptures, Abraham represents faith and Sarah represents grace. Therefore, Isaac was born by grace, (Sarah), by faith, (Abraham). This is a picture of our salvation. All believers are saved by the grace of GOD, through the faith of Jesus Christ. This is confirmed by Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:21-21 and Galatians 5:16-17.
Gilbert Owens is the Minister of Kingdom of God Ministries.