Genesis 21 – The First Miraculous Birth



As I’ve said many times already, as we travel through Genesis this year, it’s a book of firsts. And here we see the first miraculous birth. No, Isaac wasn’t born by immaculate conception, as Jesus was, but he was still a miracle. Consider the facts.

The Lord had promised them they would have a child one day, but that was 25 years earlier.  Issac was born Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90.

Abraham and Sarah were old and getting on in years. Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. So she laughed to herself: “After I have become shriveled up and my lord is old, will I have delight?” Genesis 18:11-12 HCSB

Even though people lived longer in the days of the Bible, it’s clear from their comments and laughter that it was not the usual timing for childbearing even in Biblical times.

There is even more proof in Romans when Paul wrote, “He [Abraham] considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about 100 years old) and also considered the deadness of Sarah’s womb, without weakening in the faith.” (v. 19)

Clearly, God didn’t want there to be any question that He was the one who was making this birth happen. Did He want Abraham and Sarah to strengthen their faith and patience muscles? Did He just need to wait for His perfect timing so everything fell into its proper place in history? Or, was He setting the stage right here in the beginning for open hearts and minds to the coming of His Son Jesus and His miraculous birth?

I’m no theologian, but if you have read the entire Bible you understand there’s a common thread woven throughout. A thread of God’s great love, through the sacrifice of His Son, for each of us can be found in every book. So I believe God was preparing all of mankind for the ultimate miraculous birth.  The birth of Jesus!

In fact, if we step back and take a look, we find that Issac wasn’t the only miraculous birth before the final miraculous birth of the Bible took place.

Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, was barren but the Lord blessed her and she had Jacob and Esau. Genesis 25:21

Jacob’s wife, Rachel, was childless. The Lord heard her prayers and she became pregnant and delivered Joseph. Genesis 30:22

Then many years late in Judges, even though we don’t know her name, it tells us she was sterile and the child she gave birth to was Samson. Judges 13:2

And remember Hannah? The Lord had closed her womb for years, but then heard her prayers and He blessed her with Samuel who was the first prophet of Israel. 1 Samuel 1:1

And then, a story we are all most familiar with because of the Gospels. We meet Elizabeth, who was “well along in years” but became pregnant with John [John the Baptist]. Luke 1:18-23

And then only six months after Elizabeth became pregnant, Mary (a virgin) was visited by an angel who told her not to be afraid that she would give birth to a child and would call Him Jesus.  Luke 1:26-35

If we add up all those miraculous births, that started right here in Genesis 21, you see we have seven miraculous births in total. Incredible isn’t it?!
1) Isaac
2) Jacob
3) Joseph
4) Samson
5) Samuel
6) John
7) Jesus

I believe that God still does things like this today, miraculous things! He puts us in situations where there is no other explanation except for His divine intervention. Situations where it couldn’t have been the doctors because even they are baffled. When things work together so perfectly, it’s clear it couldn’t have been my our power because we simply aren’t capable. What about just good luck? I don’t buy that either. Ever heard of the Law of Disorder (similar to the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics)? It states that everything in our universe, when left alone or to itself, moves towards disorder. This world without God as the Master Planner wouldn’t exist. He’s in the details, cares about His children, will carry out His plan and will rule on this earth once again. He still does miraculous things!

Father, as we open your written Word and discover the intricacies it includes may it open our eyes and pry open our hearts to Your grand plan and mysteries. And as you give us a glimpse into your GLORY may it spark a fire in our hearts to seek You, know You and follow You all the days of our lives here and forever more. Amen!



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