Men and Women of the Bible: Ishmael

Men and Women of the Bible: Ishmael

Lesson Fifteen: Ishmael, The Son of the Bondwoman
Lesson Text: Genesis 21:9-21
Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Ishmael.
Memory Verse: Galatians 4:29 NKJV
But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.


Lesson Readings:

  • Genesis 16:1 – 17:1-27
    Gen. 21:9-21
    Gen. 25:5-18
    Gen.28:9
    Gen. 36:1-5
  • Galatians 4:22-31

Fact Questions:

  1. Who Is Ishmael? What Does His Name Mean? cf. Genesis 16:11-15
  2. What Was The Desire Of Abraham For Ishmael? Genesis 17:18
  3. Why Did God Reject Ishmael As Abraham’s Heir? Genesis 17:19
  4. What Did God Promise Concerning Ishmael? Did It Come To Pass? Genesis 17:20
  5. What Did Abraham Do To Ishmael When He Was 13 Years Old? Genesis 17:24-26
  6. What Did Ishmael Do To Isaac Causing Abraham To Send Him Away? cf. Genesis 21:9 13;
    Galatians 4:28-29 NKJV Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.;
    John 8:33-37 NKJV They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. 37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.
    Acts 7:6 NKJV But God spoke in this way: that his descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and that they would bring them into bondage and oppress them four hundred years.
  7. What Happened To Ishmael And His Mother In The Wilderness? Genesis 21:14-19
  8. Whom Did God Hear In The Wilderness? Genesis 21:17
  9. When Is The Next Time Ishmael And Isaac Are Together? Genesis 25:7-10
  10. How Did Ishmael’s Life End? Genesis 25:12-18

Thought Questions:

  1. Stephen Says The Seed Of Abraham Was Treated Evil By The Egyptians For 400 Years. When Did This Evil Treatment Begin? Acts 7:6
  2. Of Whom Is Ishmael A Type? Galatians 4:29
  3. What Was The Power Of Abraham’s Influence Over Ishmael?
  4. Research The History Of Ishmael’s Descendants And Tell Of Some Event Involving Them.
  5. What Is The One Great Lesson In Ishmael’s Life For You?