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        Genesis 16:12
Help me understand God through this passage. Basically, because of Sarai's disobedience, the offspring of Hagar and Abram was destined to hostility. What this tells me about God is not really something I want to believe. If God is a fair and just God, why did he punish the offspring as opposed to the perpetrator (Sarai; Hagar was following Sarai's authority as God asks us to do)? And, if we have free-will, why was Ishmael destined to hostility, before he was even born, not as a consequence of his own actions or attitudes? 
Wednesday, October 23, 2002 5:59:04 AM   daisymay

changed on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 5:59:41 AM

      re:Genesis 16:12   
This was not ONLY Sarai's disobedience, it was also because Abram listened to Sarai against God's will. Probably a lot of the reason for Ishmaels hostility was also due to the hostility between Sarai and Hagar. Where hostility is seen by the children, they tend to pick it up for themselves. You could also look at it like the fact that Ishmael was totaly opposite of Isaac who was the one God promised Abram. Ishmael born of disobedience, Isaac born of obedience. Make sense? Hope so, God bless 
Sunday, October 27, 2002 6:38:15 PM groadsmom
      re:Genesis 16:12   
Read [Genesis 17:20] which shows that God has other excellent plans for Ismael. 
Thursday, October 24, 2002 10:42:28 PM ameugenio

changed on Thursday, October 24, 2002 10:44:44 PM

      re:Genesis 16:12   
Read also [Genesis 21:17-21]. 
Thursday, October 24, 2002 10:39:37 PM ameugenio
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