The king sent for Sarah and took her. But God appeared to Abimelech in a dream and told him that Sarah was Abraham's wife. So the king returned Sarah to Abraham the next day. 'Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife and his slave girls so they could have children again, for the Lord had closed up every womb in Abimelech's household because of Sarah” (20:17-18).
Chapter 21 tells the story of the birth of Isaac, the son God had promised to Abraham and Sarah. God kept His promise, and Isaac was born just as the Lord had told them he would be. Abraham was one hundred years old when Isaac was born.
As you would imagine, hatred grew between Hagar and Sarah and their sons Ishmael and Isaac. Sarah asked Abraham to get rid of Hagar and Ishmael. This bothered Abraham because both boys were his sons. God told Abraham not to be distressed because He would make a nation through Ishmael as well as through Isaac.
So Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away, and they wandered in the desert of Beersheba. Hagar was saddened when the water ran out, and she sat down in the desert to die. However, the Lord heard Ishmael crying, and He called to Hagar from heaven. He told her to pick up Ishmael because He was going to make Ishmael into a great nation. Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. God was with Ishmael as he grew up. Ishmael became an archer, and his mother got him a wife from Egypt.
Just as God had a plan for Isaac, the child of Abraham and Sarah, and Ishmael, the child of Hagar and Abraham, God has a plan for each of us.
Beginning in verse 22 we read about a treaty between Abraham and Abimelech. Abraham complained about a well of water that some of Abimelech's men had seized. Abimelech took care of the situation, and Abraham took seven ewe lambs from his flock and gave them to Abimelech. Abraham told Abimelech, ''Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well'” (v. 30). Water in those days was very important and a well was a man's prized possession. Abraham named the place where the well was dug 'Beersheba.”
Read chapters 20 and 21, then fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.
Genesis 20 to 21 Worksheet
Abraham was afraid _________, the king of Gerar, would kill him and take Sarah.
God appeared to Abimelech in a _____ and told him that Sarah was Abraham's wife (20:3-7).
Abimelech returned _____ to Abraham and gave Abraham sheep, cattle and servants (20:14).
'Abraham prayed to God, and God ______ Abimelech, his wife and his slave girls so they could have children again” (20:17).
Just as God had promised, Sarah gave birth to a baby, and Abraham named him _____ (21:3).
Sarah saw Ishmael mocking Isaac, and she told _______ to get rid of Hagar and Ishmael (21:9-10).
God told him not to be distressed because He would make a nation through _______ as well as through Isaac (21:12-13).
Abraham gave _____ food and water and sent her and _______ out into the desert of Beersheba (21:14).
Just as God had a ____ for Isaac and Ishmael, God has a ____ for each of us.
Abraham planted a ____ in Beersheba, and 'there he called upon the name of the Lord” (21:33).
Memory Verse: 'Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye” (Proverbs 7:2).
Go to the Word
Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
Genesis 21:20 Genesis 21:11 Genesis 20:15 Genesis 21:3
Genesis 21:31 Genesis 21:27 Genesis 20:6 Genesis 20:7
'The matter __________ Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.” Genesis ______
'So Abraham brought _____ and cattle and gave them to Abimelech, and Genesis ______
the two men made a treaty.”
'God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became Genesis ______
'So that place was called _________, because the two men swore an oath Genesis ______
'Abraham gave the name _____ to the son Sarah bore him.” Genesis ______
'Then God said to him in the dream, 'Yes, I know you did this with a Genesis ______
clear __________, and so I have kept you from sinning against me.'”
'Abimelech said, 'My land is before you; live wherever you ____.'” Genesis ______
''Now return the man's wife, for he is a _______, and he will pray for Genesis ______
you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that