The following is a Biblical accounting of events as recorded in Abraham's life which will show us his heart as a compassionate father in the natural, as well as the fore-runner..."father of the Christian faith"....one who believed God as he came to hear God's voice clarify His intents and purposes. As well, we will see how that these events are the prophetic fore-shadowings of the new Testament reality of the "wheat and the tares", the church-spiritual and the church-carnal, the called-out remnant and the mixed multitudes of carnal worshippers. These two SEEDS having actually begun with the likes of Cain and Abel....separated by divine Revelation and the source of their respective births.
Gen 21:9-13 (KJV)
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. 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. 13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
Gen 21:14-21 (KJV)
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. 15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. 16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. 19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. 20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. 21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
In the first portion of Scripture we see Sarah, according to the sovereign will of God, saying to Abraham to cast out the bondwoman and her son, Ishmael. Then we see, as it is highlighted, that Abraham, being a righteous and good-hearted man, was grieved in his heart at this suggestion. But immediately God assured Abraham that it was indeed according to His will that Ishmael be separated from them, as God had intended to bring the promised seed-child through Sarah, which was Isaac. Ishmael would indeed become a great nation, but not to be heirs together with the promised son.
God had made clear to Abraham in chapter 17 verses 1 through 21 that Sarah would bare the promised child and God's covenant would be established with Isaac, "child of promise". Before this clarification of God's intentions...Abraham had yielded to Sarah's (Sarai at that time) suggestion to go in to Hagar to produce the child, as Sarah's womb had been closed. The product of this union was of course Ishmael, which is called "that which was born after the flesh" in Galatians 4:29 of the new Testament....that which is born of man's will, rather than God's.
(Notice also, that Abraham did not go into Hagar, but "Abram". God's ways are perfect! Remember..."Abraham staggered not at the promise of God..." Rom. 4:20)
So it is, in the new Testament fulfillment of things. True to the pattern of Sarai's efforts to contrive and manufacture the promise of God through surrogate means...the renegade, Babylonian systems of man are trying to manufacture the works of God's Kingdom outside of a true visitation and the true leading of God. Notice God told Abraham and Sarah (AFTER their name change) in verse 14 of Genesis chapter 18, "At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of Life, and Sarah shall have a son".
Contrary to the impatience and the self-will of today's denominational mixed multitudes...there are the true offspring of God who "through faith and patience inherit the promises of God", and who know that there can be no true birthing without God's visitation upon His specific Word for this hour, and upon those before-ordained of Him to bring forth in full maturity and manifestation. As in the birthing of our Lord Jesus Christ, He was the Word of that very hour made flesh in that time of His birthing through Mary's womb. God had come "in the time of Life"....in the fullness of the appointed time....and His Word spoken for that hour was manifested.
But unlike this godly and perfect order of God, denominations and the man-made religious systems of our day are the Sarais and Hagars bringing forth counterfeit conversions and the carnal substitutes of God's Kingdom....miscarriages, hybreeding and still-born births. In their denominational self-will and worldly, self-sustaining motives...they are doing whatever it is necessary to survive an existence at the expense of revealed Truth and God's specific will and "coming" in this hour. Their intimacy is not with the true visitation of God, but with each other in a compromise and false unity at the expense of "present Truth"....the SEED of God for the hour. Even forfeiting many former foundational Truths laid and established by the original apostles...upon which God's promises are built.
But, contrary to the renegade mind of the present day "Ishmaels".....it is only upon this Seed of His revealed Truth that God visits upon by His Spirit and births forth His manifested glory for that hour.
The Ishmael's of this day are more in number and look to be more productive than the seemingly barren womb of the true bride of Christ, but they can only draw in the worldly crowds and produce after their own kind. They are indeed becoming a "great nation". In fact, they are a conglomeration of the mixed multitudes and man-made religious systems.
While the true elect of God are the product of God's Spirit upon His promised seed, these denominational hybrids are the result of man's ingenuity and carnal means. They seize upon everything natural in the unregenerate soul to attract them to their systems of vanity and self-will. Jesus will say to many, "Depart from me, ye that work iniquity; I never knew you". They do not have the seed of Life to reproduce, but solicit members by carnal and intellectual means. Even deceiving many with the "miraculous", as the Scriptures foretell.
So it is in our day we see the fulfillment of all these types in the defining and separating of all carnal counterfeits from the true pattern of God's people and His purposes. It is the hour when the wheat are being separated from the tares, the Ishmaels and Lots are being exposed as carnal imitators, and those who do not serve our Lord "in Spirit and in Truth" are being clearly discerned.
Mal 3:16-18 (KJV)
16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.