One of the fascinating stories of the bible was the account of how God told Abraham to offer his only son as burnt offering on a mountain in the land of Moriah. Abraham had waited for the birth of this promised child though with human complications along the way. In the natural, he and his wife never thought it was possible because they had passed what could be termed “fertile age” They however shifted their focus on alternative plans. Abraham thought Eliezer of Damascus, a servant born in his house was going to inherit all he had (Gen. 15). Sarah also arranged her house-help, Hagar for her husband so he could at least have a child (Gen.16), Ishmael was born through this process. Sarah’s alternative plan worked! But nothing can replace the plan of God. Human effort cannot give birth to divine plan. Hence when Isaac was born, they knew he was their miracle child. Ishmael and his mum were sent packing! The real heir apparent had been born!
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