Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful for the Covenant God made with Abraham, in regards to Isaac, Israel and on down, as all who accept the one God are part of it. However, he did make a bit of mess of things. How did he do that? It finally dawned on me after listening to my videos on Torah, which I have started to listen to.
God tells him that his wife will bear a child and that child will be the seed through which he will bless all generations, and when God mades a sacred covenant with ya, asks you to use your gifts for something to benefit society, you don’t go do your own thing, go do the opposite, bad idea. Sarah, being human and allowing that nature rather than the divine within to rule decided she wanted what she wanted then and there. God had plans to make her a mom, to give her that joy, that happiness, but as many of us, we want it when we want it and that’s like yesterday, okay. Sarah got on Abraham’s case and Abraham instead of getting really strong in what the Lord had said and a bit tough love and tough ass with Sarah and saying “NO, Heck NO and Triple Heck NO Woman, we don’t have babies until the one God said is coming comes, now zip it, love ya darlin, but zip it!” What does he do? He gives in, gives into derailing the plan, and has him have a kid with someone else. This set up a clash of Biblical and Historical proportions. Why?
If you look back to Genesis, there is the Law of the First Fruits, but there is also the Covenant made with Adam and God keeps his Covenants, which supersede law, or contracts. We see when at various junctures in the Bible humans decided to forgo the divine for the petulant child etc.. now now now attitude and want what I want when I want, were not wise, discerning, though God wanted them to be happy etc.. things God messed up. The dilemma created by Abraham was this. You now had the child of the first fruits who stakes claim to the inheritance etc…on the one hand, but the child of the God Promise and Covenant on the other. Covenant supersedes Firstfruits, especially if those first fruits did not follow the will of God, as we saw with Cain and Able. Yet, Caine killed Able out of jealousy, though he was not following rightly what had to be done with first fruits. He thought he would do it all his way and he to cerated a mess. Abraham in obeying the wishes of his wife and giving into her, created a mess that we are still living with today and is destroying the world bit by bit. It is akin to man who is married having a child with another and both upon his death the child of marriage, who by Contract and Covenant has the right to be in that will, is now contending with the child of the Hagar coming in and saying give me everything because I was born before you were, though your dad was married to your mom. As much as the guy may have loved that kid, she is not the child of either contract or Covenant, certainly not of Covenant. To give it all to the child not of the marital Covenant because you think he loved the kid, doesn’t jive. Can you make provision sure, can you work out a way to live peacefully together, yes, the Father would want that, but you can not take what is of the child of the Sacred Covenant, even if that Covenant was then for whatever reason terminated by one of the parties and sometimes it happens, as humans are not God, he gets that and give it to the other child. In this Middle East conflict, that is what we are grappling with and it is due to a dilemma created by Abraham that left both sides, factions of both sides very angry, resentful etc… and those of Ishmael believing they are the ones entitled to it all, when they are not, they are secondary to Issacc and those of Isaac, including those who accept the Covenant of Abraham and Israel amongst the Gentiles.
What can be done? Hard to remedy when the Book of those of Ishmael gives false testimony, and I know I am going to get flak for this, as Ishmael was as his mother, so so he was very likely part of an idolatrous faith, something we can assertion from the Koran itself, such as(Sahih al-Bukhari 7:407). For example the Koran says it was Ishmael brought up to be sacrificed and thus is the child of Covenant, which contradicts the Bible blatantly. That’s just one example. Then you have the issue of both feeling that as children of Abraham, both are right, both have the right to fully claim the inheritance of the land etc…, though they do not, as Covenant God made, not child by Hagar due to petulant bratty Sarah’s impatience, take precedence. Hence, the Jewish people do have the right to all the land as given to them by Hashem in the bible and all the Blessings.
The siblings don’t have to like it, but that’s dad’s will, so everyone has to figure out somehow for the good of the world how they are going to get out of old century Islam mentality and same for fanatic orthodox Jews and figure out, both sides how to live under one roof, in harmony and accept the Will as left by Dad to the children according to the Torah, the original book, thus the Original Will and Estate. Everyone, including those in the Muslim and Jewish community, even Gentile community have to work to make it happen somehow.
Namaste, Shalom and Amen