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Ishmael or Isaac

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Submitted by slayhy (Canada), Nov 4, 2012 at 19:54

GE 16:15 – So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne.

Ge 16:16 – Abram was eighty-six years old when Hager bore him Ishmael. (16)

GE (17:23) – On that vey day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him. (23)

GE (17:24-26) – Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised (24) and his son Ishmael was thirteen (25) Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that same day (26)

GE (21:11) – The Matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son [Ishmael]. (11)

GE (22:02) – Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, …. , whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."

(Moriah – is present day Marwah near Makkah one of two places (Al-Safa and Al-Marwah – two hills, part of Hajj Rituals))

GE (22:12) – "Do not lay a hand on the boy", He said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son". (12)

GE (22:16) – and said, "I swear by myself, declares the Lord, and that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, (16)

GE (25: 09) – His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite. (09)

From above we deduce the following

  1. Ishmael is the legitimate son to Abraham
  2. Ishmael is the first son
  3. Ishmael was the only son of Abraham before Isaac was born
  4. The sacrifice was on the only son, which means the first born "Ishmael", because he was the only son of Abraham before the birth of Isaac.
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