The House of Abraham & UR of the Chaldeans
by Ernie W
(Adelaide S Australia)
Reading the preamble above I was not sure if the person believed, or was relating certain philosophies about Abraham.
UR. A city has been uncovered which is identified as the Ur of Abraham.
The book of Genesis was written by Moses over 450 years later, so the area of Ur by then could have been Ur of the Chaldees - is Chaldeans the same?
Many are commenting that Ishmael was firstborn. I would argue he was not - according to the Law of Moses, & Moses wrote Genesis, the Firstborn received the main (double) inheritance & the family blessing.
So, this means that Ishmael was 'born first' but did not gain the position of "Firstborn".
Jesus was not the first one to be made alive after dying (Elijah raised, Lazarus & widows son & more) but Jesus is "the firstborn from the dead" & the leader of the "Church of Firstborns". Many of us would want to be numbered with that group & can be, even though we may naturally be the youngest of our natural families.
Before condemning Sarah as non-compassionate on Hagar & her son Ishmael, we should analyze what we should be learning. The lesson here is not compassion, but what is God's design. Being firm on our own children to steer them away from God-denying company is what we learn.
When the lesson is about compassion read, 'Do unto others, as you would be done by'. Romans explains the lessons from the lives of Abraham, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac & Sarah.
Compassion in this case is to do what God wants - & not like Sarah; we wait for "God to do his own acts in His own time.