Seventy-one years of being a nation

Published 9:22 pm Sunday, May 19, 2019

Karen Stevens

If Abraham was the Father of many nations, why isn’t Sarah the mother of the nations?  If we are not descendants of Mary and Joseph, how can Mary be our Mother of nations?  If we are not Jewish, then what line are we descended from? Yes, there is the Gentiles, but who do the Gentiles belong to?  

It’s interesting to note in Genesis 25:1 that Abraham also had six sons by his wife Keturah.  

Keturah was another concubine of Abraham and he married her after the death of Sarai.  

All the descendants of Abraham were considered Gentiles, except the descendants of the twelve sons of Jacob, (who was Isaac’s son), who became known as the Hebrews, (Gen. 14:13) then as Israelites, and finally as Jews (Deut. 5:1-3).  

In the Quran, it is said to allude to Hager but never mentions her name, but mentions Muhammad is the descendant of Ishmael.  (Hmmm. Same set up as Jesus.)

The Quran was written by Muhammad in the year 609 CE which stands for Common Era which is the same as AD 1, so the Quran was written 609 years after Jesus’s death.  Hmmm again.

Has the same stories, but an emphasis on Ishmael’s descendants, not Isaac’s.  Hagar is an important matriarch in monotheism in the Quran, and she is a revered, women in the Islamic faith.  Back to the Bible. In Genesis 25:18 it states Ishmael’s descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur.  And they lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them.” Why would the Bible point out that Ishmael and all his descendants, lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them?  Ishmael was even characterized as a “wild ass.”

Moses wrote that the Ishmaelite “abode over against all his brethren” (Genesis 25:18).  

Many scholars believe that this language reflects a hostile disposition.  

Israel’s 71st anniversary was on May 14, 2019, and there has been a battle between the Arabs and the Jews long before the 71 years.  

According to Greek literature sources, Ishmael grew up among the Jurhum, an Arabic speaking tribe, learning the pure Arabic language from them.  He successively married two Arabic women in that tribe of Jurhum, lending credence that Ishmael is the Arabic nation that we have today.

This is the basic reason there is a conflict between the Arabic nations and Israel.  Many people state that God does not choose one over another, or did God just know Ishmael was born a rebel.  

Why Isaac, not Ishmael?  Why Jacob, not Esau? These are among the most searing questions in the whole of Judaism.  

It almost forces us to empathize with the unchosen: Hagar, Ishmael, and Esau.  

We feel their pain and sense of loss.  According to the Midrash (a Judaic interpretation), Ishmael and Esau were evil, and Isaac and Jacob were righteous in Gods eyes.  

I know God knows us the day we are formed, so I have to assume this is correct.  I do know the Bible tells us that the Israelites were/are God’s chosen people.

There is a dispute about if they still are the chosen lot, but I think they are.  God never says in His word that He changed His mind about them.

Based on all this information, I celebrated their 71 years of being a nation and know that God’s word is unfolding every day before our eyes!