Ishmael was probably 16 years old by then. Leave A Comment Cancel reply. It is almost certain, however, that Isaac was a teenager, maybe even twenty years old or more, when he was to be sacrificed. “The son of Hagar … laughing.” The birth of Isaac has made a great change in the position of Ishmael, now at the age of at least fifteen years. 3-6. Abraham was now a hundred years old, and therefore Isaac was born thirty years after the call. The Lord had been faithful to his gracious promise to Sarah. באר שׁבע beêr -sheba‛ Beer-sheba‹, “well of seven.”, 22. Nevertheless, God enjoins it as reasonable, on the ground that in Isaac was his seed to be called. The artless description here is deeply affecting. Bir es-Seba means “the well of seven or of the lion.”. Gedaliah says Isaac was weaned at three. He proceeds with all singleness of heart and denial of self to dismiss the mother and the son. 17God heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter with you, Hagar? The second strain of three sentences turns upon the object of this admiring joy. And as he was building the altar, he asked his father what he was about to offer, since there was no animal there for an oblation . This means not only that Isaac was to be called his seed, but in Isaac as the progenitor was included the seed of Abraham in the highest and utmost sense of the phrase. The infant was usually weaned in the second or third year 1 Samuel 1:22-24; 2 Chronicles 31:16. 27Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. For example, the tradition of the Rabbis claims that Satan suggested to God that Abraham be tested through his son Isaac. The strength and stamina required to carry this strenuous load would be something a small boy would not be able to handle! Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, and his son Ishmael was thirteen; Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that same day. The four divisions of this chapter are,--I. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac, being eight days old as, . It is possible also his father did not forget him, but sent him a stock of cattle with which to begin the pastoral life on his account. He hears the voice of the lad, whose sufferings from thirst are greater than those of the mother. “Hold thy hand upon him.” Lay thy hand firmly upon him. Seraphims cry, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory.' The event that nobody ever expected to hear announced to Abraham, has nevertheless taken place; “for I have borne him a son in his old age.” The time of weaning, the second step of the child to individual existence, at length arrives, and the household of Abraham make merry, as was wont, on the festive occasion. 1. He was not now, as formerly, the chief object of attention, and some bitterness of feeling may have arisen on this account. After these words the Evangelist adds, "And this He said to prove him, for He Himself knew what He would do." ; אילבה 'ı̂ylābâh “a tree,” Onkelos. “God was with the lad.” Ishmael may have been cured of his childish spleen. And Abraham circumcised his son - See note on Genesis 17:10, etc. 4a, and thus suggests, at the very beginning, the far-reaching purpose and the world-wide significance of the people and religion of Israel. The first century Jewish historian Josephus also took a stab at how old Isaac was when his father was commanded to sacrifice him. But if moreover any not having charity, which pertaineth to the unity of spirit and the bond of peace whereby the Catholic Church is gathered and knit together, being involved in any schism, doth, that he may not deny Christ, suffer tribulations, straits, hunger, nakedness, persecution, perils, prisons, bonds, torments, swords, or flames, or wild beasts, or the very cross, through fear of hell and everlasting fire; in nowise is all this to be blamed, nay rather this also is a patience meet to, FROM the Temple to Nazareth! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The wilderness in Scripture is simply the land not profitable for cultivation, though fit for pasture to a greater or less extent.