Genesis 17:21
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21  But My covenant I will maintain with Yitzchak, whom Sara shall bear to you at this season next year.”

v’-et b’-ree-TEE a-KEEM et yitz-KHAK a-SHER tay-LAYD l’-KHA sa-RAH la-mo-AYD ha-ZEH ba-sha-NAH ha-a-KHE-ret

כא  וְאֶת־בְּרִיתִי אָקִים אֶת־יִצְחָק אֲשֶׁר תֵּלֵד לְךָ שָׂרָה לַמּוֹעֵד הַזֶּה בַּשָּׁנָה הָאַחֶרֶת׃

17:21   But My covenant I will maintain with Yitzchak

Avraham was chosen to be God’s emissary in this world, to live in the Land of Israel, and to establish a nation with a unique mission. But who would be Avraham’s heir, Ishmael or Yitzchak? This ambiguity is eliminated when Hashem declares that, although a great nation will emerge from Ishmael’s lineage, Yitzchak is the chosen heir to Avraham’s legacy and Eretz Yisrael.

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  • It is vital that we note what the Bible says about to whom the Land of Israel belongs to and that the claims of the so called Palestinians are false according to the word of
    God. Isaac and not Ismael is Abraham’s heir of the land.

    • Yes, there can be no doubt as to the plans of Hashem can there. Yes, Ishmael would be a leader of many but not in Israel. We know now that the seed of Ishmael is very unlike that of Isaac. Not only that but God spoke concerning Ishmael and what he would be like .. and I quote – "And he shall be a wild ass of a man: his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the face of all his brethren." These words have proved to be true.

      It's an interesting point that Hashem chooses the legitimate son to be the 'heir' even so today in some circles the eldest and legitimate son is the heir, though all legimate offspring are blessed and receive an inheritance.

  • Great point Shira. The deed to the Land belongs to Yitzchak. It's not just the words we see within this verse that clearly marks the true benefactor of the blood line. Yep. Here it is again, the "Aleph/Tav" symbol. The verse begins with it and is written, "Vav/Aleph/Tav", connecting it with "But My covenant". The three combined letters generally translates to, "and". However, the "Vav" gives the whole symbol the meaning of, "a bridge to Aleph/Tav". Later in the verse, the "Aleph/Tav" symbol appears on its own in front of "Yitzchak".
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    What this total placement means is, "Yitzchak will be the means (a bridge) to affect that covenant". No matter how much Ishmael or mostly Esau fights against it, The Elohim of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya'acov will "rain heavily on their party". The Land belongs to Ya'acov and his descendants–ALL twelve sons, fourteen if you count Manassah and Ephraim.

  • Yes, in Gen. 15:4 God tells Abram that a son born from his own body would be the heir, but possibly due to a lack of Faith in God's promise, Sarai didn't have patience to remain trusted in God. Abram was 86 when Hagar gave birth. Thereafter there is no record concerning 13 years of Abram's life, and 13 is a rebellion number. Anyhow, Abram is 99 and God instructs Abram to walk blameless before Him. Gen 17: 1-2 Here God's rebuke appears to indicate that during those 13 years Abram did not walk before God, and as a result his life was full of blame. Also notice that God re- introduces Himself as God Almighty. God put's a condition to Abram, saying walk before Me blameless and ONLY then will He confirm His Covenant between Him and Abram. Here we see that earlier Covenant was not valid for those 13 years and God desires to reconfirm, and does renew His Covenant with Abram. 17: 4-6 Note here that in 12:2 it's only one great nation ( Israel ) but now it's a multitude of nations. So Abram ( High Father) becomes Abraham ( Father of many nations) and Sarai (Princess) becomes Sarah ( Mother of nations)

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