The Spiritual side
Our main focus is on being a light to the world. The search for the true meaning of serving the CREATOR.
That there is only One G-D. But somewhere along the line,we have forgotten the Commandments that G-d Himself suppose to have given us to live by through Moses.
Some even try to make Jesus G-D. Even though He spoke of our Father in Heaven, even crying out to Him.
Many have abandon the old Testament, believing only in the New. and that's where I believe the conflict starts.
Below are some songs in my opinion, that are filled with spiritual inspiration.
Along with stories of trusting and serving a power greater than us.
Also: Easter, A bunny, and an egg?
We'd love to hear your thoughts and comments.
Abraham, Isaac,and Ishmael.
The birth of two Nations
that are really one
Abraham ( originally named Abram). Born in Ur of the Chaldees located in what's called Iraq today.
Here's a Man who came to know G-D even though His Father worshiped false idols, was told by G-D to leave his Fathers home, kindred, and country to a land that I will show thee. .
One of the things that amazes me about Him, is that there is no record of Children before Ishmael, but many after Sarah's death (Gen 25)
I don't believe condoms or birth control were around. So does this suggest that Abraham was a faithful man to His wife also? After all, He did know about loyalty.
After many years of no children. It was Sarah who suggested having a child with her Egyptian servant Hagar. (Gen 16)
And when she saw that she conceived,She felt despised in Her eyes. But Abram said to Sarai. "Thy maid is in thy hands, do as you please". So when Sarah began to be hard on Hagar, she fled. But an Angel of the MOST HIGH found Hagar by a fountain (Beer-lahai-roi) in the wilderness and asked Her where She came from, and where was she going?
Then the Angel said return unto thy Mistress and submit thyself, for G-D had a plan for Hagar and her seed also.
And that the child was to be named Ishmael, because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. (Gen 16)
So Hagar went back and bare Ishmael. And when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said, IAM the almighty G-D: walk before me and be thou perfect. And I will make a covenant between me and thee and will multiply thee exceedingly. Abram fell on His face, and G-D continued saying, Abram would be the father of many nations, and that you no longer will be called Abram, but Abraham. And I will make nations out of thee, and Kings shall come out of thee.(Gen 17)
So Abraham did the will of the CREATOR circumcising every man-child born in the house, and also those brought with money of any stranger which is not of thy seed, along with himself, and Ishmael who was thirteen years of age...
And G-D said Sarai will now be called Sarah. And I will bless Her and give thee a son.
and she will be a mother of nations,and kings of people shall be of her.
So Abraham said unto G-D, Oh that Ishmael might live before thee?
And G-D said Sarah thy wife shalt bare thee a son,and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
As for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him exceedingly.
Twelve princes will he beget, and I will make him a great nation. (note:Isaac's son Jacob also had twelve Sons).
The LORD appeared unto Abraham with two Angels in the plains of Mamre before heading to Sodom.
Upon asking Abraham where Sarah was? (Gen 18) they told him that she would soon bare a son.
Sarah heard this and laughed within herself. But the LORD knowing all things. And there is nothing to hard for the CREATOR.
note:( remember Ishmael was born during the time of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and being a Father myself would use this as a lesson for my Family members.
Now at the time there was no mention of the words Jew, Muslim,or any form of Religious title for that matter.
But of great nations coming from this descendant of Noah.( Another successful Man who trusted G-D).
And lessons passed down.
Now comes the birth of the chosen son. The first born to Sarah,but not Abraham.
Abraham was going on one hundred years of age when Isaac was born.
And his love was strong for both of them. (like G-D's love towards Abraham).
As told, during the time of weaning for Isaac, a great feast was made by Abraham ,when along came controversy.
Sarah noticing Ishmael mocking his brother Isaac. And becoming so upset that she said to Abraham; "cast out this bond-woman and her son. For her son will not be heir with my son.
This troubled Abraham much. And now there's conflict in His happy home. So he turned to the ALMIGHTY
for the answer. And the words he received were; Let it not be grievous in thy sight, because of the Lad and of the bond-woman;in all that Sarah said hearken to her voice, for in Isaac shall thy seed be called, And also of the son of the bond-woman will I make a nation.
So Abraham took Hagar and Ishmael away to the wilderness of Beer-Sheba and supplied them with some food and water.
(note; it is said that Abraham took them to the Kaaba foundations which was in ruins at that time)
And as Abraham was leaving,Hagar asked Him twice why was He leaving Them. But the third time she asked if this was the will of G-D? He turned around and answered her yes, and then turned back and went on his way.
This must have been a hard thing for Abraham to do. But sometimes we are told to lean not to thy own understanding, but to trust in G-D alone.
Can you imagine the thoughts going through Hagar's mind.with no water or food, and dying of thirst. Watching your child slowly fading away in the wilderness. But unbeknownest to her that the place where she sat her son to rest. The CREATOR had already made plans for them. As she wept, I assume Ishmael prayed one of the prayers his father Abraham taught Him. For a voice of an Angel, Gabrielle some say. Answered Hagar saying;
" Fear not. For G-D heard the voice of the Lad where he is. Arise and lift up the Lad and hold him in thy hands; for I will make a great nation of him". (Gen 21).
And as she lifted him, his foot swept the ground and water began to seep out of the ground. So she quickly gathered water to drink and then built a well around it to contain the water. It seems to me that digging wells and finding water may have been part of the family business for Abraham and his tribe.
The well became known as Zam Zam where Hagar was able to provide for herself and Ishmael.This became a place know to Caravans traveling through Arabia were goods could be exchanged,and water was available.
It is said that Abraham often visited his son Ishmael, and even asked him to help rebuild the Kaaba that was first built by Adam, which is in Mecca.
Upon Sarah's death, it is said that both Abraham and Isaac grieved, and that Abraham seeked out a wife for Isaac, and Isaac seeked out a wife for his Father. A woman who went by the name, Keturah.
Some say this woman was Hagar,and one of the sayings is that Hagar remained chaste from the time she was separated from Abraham. Perhaps a form of repentance to G-D and respect for Abraham. (note: G-D can make the impossible possible).
I read somewhere once that when Ishmael and Isaac met to bury their Father Abraham, there was a discussion on who would carry the staff of Abraham, with Issac passing it to his brother, and Ishmael giving it back to Isaac.
Saying this is your destiny, and I have also been blessed with mine.
Abraham was a great Man, blessed by the CREATOR. They say the only thing he was stricken with was old age.
Tell me how could these two Brothers not love one another,when they had a father who learned love from the greatest Father of all ... (Isaiah 45:5-7)
Trust in G-D alone...(Isaiah 45)