Article Fourteen – God did not talk to Abram for 13 years!
God did not communicate with Abram for about thirteen years after the birth of Ishmael. God’s silence was indicative of His displeasure with him.
Abram was 86 years old when Ishmael was born, and he was 99 years old before God spoke to him again. That is thirteen long years!
Notice the first words that came out of God’s mouth when He finally appeared to Abram again, in the following verse of scripture: “I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” Genesis 17:1
What a way to greet someone you dearly love, and especially when it has been as long as thirteen years. You would have expected Him to be more pleasant, and happy to see Abram, but instead of joyous words God told him to be perfect. In other words, He told Abram to stop sinning against Him!
“And Abram was fourscore and six years old [86 years old], when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram. And when Abram was ninety years old and nine [99 years old], the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” Genesis 16:16 and Genesis 17:1
Its obvious that Abram had joyous times with his son [Ishmael] during the thirteen silent years, but Abram had to miss his fellowship with God. Then, when God appeared to him again unexpectedly, Abram understood immediately why God took His time before talking to him again!
I believe Abram was well aware that he had committed sin, and that he had broken the Covenant with God, before the thirteen silent years began. Also, I truly believe the silent years of God was based on three primary reasons:
1. It was a cooling off period for God.
2. It gave Abram plenty of time to think about the sin he had committed with Hagar, and
3. God allowed Abram and Ishmael to enjoy quality time together, before removing Hagar and her son from Abram’s house for good, and forever.
Several years after God converted Abram and Sarai, to Abraham and Sarah, Sarah got tired of Ishmael persecuting her son [Isaac], and ask Abraham to cast out Hagar and her son from their house. But Abraham did not care for doing it until God spoke up and reinforced what Sarah had already spoken, and then Abraham sent them both on their journey to Egypt.
“And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.” Genesis 21:9 – 12
Abram’s sin with Hagar caused Ishmael to be born in sin, and out of the will of God. Primarily because the promise was made to Abram and his Covenant wife, Sarai, whose bloodline was pure from Adam, just like Abram’s bloodline was pure from Adam too.
Hagar’s bloodline was not of the pure blood from Adam. Hagar was an Egyptian, and her bloodline traced back to the evil son of Noah, whose name was Ham.
Have you ever wondered why the Bible contains so many people in the old Testament who married within the same family?
For example: Cousins married each other, Grandchildren married, brothers married the wife of their deceased brother, and numerous other relatives mixed marriage.
It was because of the promise that God made to Adam, Eve and Satan, in Genesis 3:15.
“And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman [Eve], and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15
The blood of Adam and Eve had to be kept pure until the seed called Jesus the Anointed One was born!
Be Blessed, and enjoy all future articles from Robert J. Parker, Sr.