Why does the bible testify to the fact that God called Isaac the only Son of Abraham as he spoke to Abraham?

Genesis 22:2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom

And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee
into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one
//biblehub.com/genesis/22-2.htm – 19k

Genesis 22:12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do

thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that
thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me
//biblehub.com/genesis/22-12.htm – 18k

Genesis 22:16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD

And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done
this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
//biblehub.com/genesis/22-16.htm – 17k

According to Islam this is because the evil Jews tried to take Ishmael, the firstborn son of Abraham, out of the covenant and replace him with Isaac. There is never a fanciful conspiracy theory far away from the religion of Islam.

If so it would be a very clumsy attempt because everybody knows that Ishmael was the firstborn son of Abraham because the bible testifies to this:

King James Bible

Genesis 16 v 15: And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

So why would the evil Jews, who corrupted their scriptures and apostazised ungratefully according to the Koran, leave this text in if they wanted to hide the fact that Ishmael was the firstborn son of Abraham and the rightful heir?

The problem for Islam is that Jehovah chooses whom he wills to be the heir of his promises and it wasn’t Ishmael that he chose as the text shows. We know that Ishmael had no share in the promised land. It was given by Jehovah to the twelve tribes of Israel. So he could not have been the one through whom the promise of blessing to the whole world would come and Jehovah confirms this.

My own belief is that Isaac is called the ONLY SON of Abraham because of his miraculous origin. It may be the case that Ishmael was not a legitimate son. However it does say that Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to be his wife. So for argument’s sake I am willing to concede that Hagar was the wife of Abraham. They were one flesh before God. However just as Esau was rejected so Ishmael was also rejected by God to be the bearer of the promise. God is sovereign. He also chose David over all his older brothers to be the king of Israel.

To recap, Isaac is called the ONLY SON of Abraham because he was not born solely by natural means. His mother was infertile and probably Abraham also. So Isaac was a unique son of Abraham and he was the type of Jesus who also was not a natural human being in terms of his origin.

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7 Responses to Why does the bible testify to the fact that God called Isaac the only Son of Abraham as he spoke to Abraham?

  1. θ says:

    Well, Only = unique? Why has not Torah just used the word unique?

    By the way, as addition, another forgotten anachronism in Torah (with certain purpose for Jews):
    Gen 17:17
    Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

    Perhaps Abraham forgot how he is already a father of son (Ishmael), and at he can impregnate Hagar when he was 86 (eighty-six) years old.
    Gen 16:16
    And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

  2. madmanna says:

    “Perhaps Abraham forgot how he is already a father of son (Ishmael), and at he can impregnate Hagar when he was 86 (eighty-six) years old.
    Gen 16:16
    And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.”

    I think Abraham knows best what can be expected of 100 year old men and ninety years old women in his day. 85 is not 100. If he is laughing we can assume that it was well nigh unknown in his day. He knows better than we do from his own experience.

    Can you show any examples of 100 year old fathers in Abrahams time period?

    He impregnated Sarah at 85 probably, as the birth is nine months after the fertilisation, as far as we know.

    genesis 18 v 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

    It seems that they were no longer sleeping with each other. Another factor which supports my interpretation and is against yours.

  3. madmanna says:

    “Well, Only = unique? Why has not Torah just used the word unique?”

    Why should it?

    The word “only” is the english translation of the hebrew word.

    The kjv never uses the word “unique”.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “madmanna says:I think Abraham knows best what can be expected of 100 year old men and ninety years old women in his day. ”

    At that day, 90 y.o. elder woman was taken to be harem of king.
    Gen 20:2 Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.4 But Abimelech had not come near her: 6 therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.

  5. θ says:

    “madmanna says: If he is laughing we can assume that it was well nigh unknown in his day. He knows better than we do from his own experience.”

    As Abraham had forgotten to tell his barren wife a good news of God (of miraculous pregnancy of her) for about 1 year, perhaps he also forgot he is already a father of son (Ishmael), and that he can impregnate Hagar when he was 85 years old.

    Can we believe these stories?
    (i) A woman bears 15 y.o. young boy upon her shoulder? How could it be possible?
    (ii) A father’s inheritance to his eldest son is determined by his wife? How could it be rational?
    (iii) A woman who carried 15 y.o. boy upon her shoulder just get one bottle and one bread to survive the long journey. How can it be plausible?
    (iv) Ninety years old woman, that is waxed old, very stricken in age, is still attractive for a king? How could it make sense?
    (v) A man who fought the kings – by releasing his cousin’s family from slavery – contradicted his heroic acts by giving up his own woman into another slavery? Can we believe that?
    (vi) The renowned archer – whose inheritance is confiscated by his step mother – never tried to reclaim again his legitimate rights of his father’s heritage?
    (vii) A man concealed to his barren wife a good news of God of miraculous pregnancy of her for 1 year? How can he forget?

  6. madmanna says:

    (i) A woman bears 15 y.o. young boy upon her shoulder? How could it be possible?

    why do i have to believe it, where does it say that this happened?

    (ii) A father’s inheritance to his eldest son is determined by his wife? How could it be rational?

    correction determined by his wife AND Jehovah:

    Genesis 21 v 10 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. 11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. 12 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.

    (iii) A woman who carried 15 y.o. boy upon her shoulder just get one bottle and one bread to survive the long journey. How can it be plausible?

    It doesn’t say 1 bread anywhere in the text and bread only keeps so long anyway. Perhaps Abraham gave them money as well to buy bread somewhere on the journey.

    Jehovah promises to watch over them:

    21 v 13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed. 14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

    (iv) Ninety years old woman, that is waxed old, very stricken in age, is still attractive for a king? How could it make sense?

    Abimelech was probably around the same age. From his point of view it was probably an attempt to forge a political alliance with Abraham. Let’s not forget that Sarah lived to be 127 years old and Abraham 175 years old. So she lived another forty years after this event. Life expectation was longer in those days.

    (v) A man who fought the kings – by releasing his cousin’s family from slavery – contradicted his heroic acts by giving up his own woman into another slavery? Can we believe that?

    What slavery are you talking about? Please elucidate? She must have been released from her slavery to Sarah.

    (vi) The renowned archer – whose inheritance is confiscated by his step mother – never tried to reclaim again his legitimate rights of his father’s heritage?

    As the son of a slave does he have these rights? It would seem to be the choice of Abraham. He followed the advice of his wife Sarah and the instructions of Jehovah.

    (vii) A man concealed to his barren wife a good news of God of miraculous pregnancy of her for 1 year? How can he forget?

    Can you give chapter and verse that you are basing this on?

  7. θ says:

    “madmanna says: (v) A man who fought the kings – by releasing his cousin’s family from slavery – contradicted his heroic acts by giving up his own woman into another slavery? Can we believe that?

    What slavery are you talking about? Please elucidate? She must have been released from her slavery to Sarah.”

    King of Gerar took 90 y.o. Sarah as his harem (slave).

    “madmanna says: (vii) A man concealed to his barren wife a good news of God of miraculous pregnancy of her for 1 year? How can he forget?

    Can you give chapter and verse that you are basing this on?”

    You should have known the reason “why” and the “time” when suddenly Abraham changed the name of his wife from “Sarai” to “Sarah”, that is she would get a baby.
    Gen 17:15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall] her name be.16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

    And, Sarah had not yet known exactly that there’s a reason “why” her name is changed by Abraham, even after a year, or more:
    Gen 18:10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

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