January 23 – The Promise. God explicitly told Abraham that the promise of his seed would come through the lineage of Isaac. Gen. 17:19; “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; 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”.
Ishmael is a sign of the works we try to accomplish through our fleshy ways. Isaac was a sign of the miraculous works God can perform despite us. Let us not be confused who was who.
Mormons are led to believe through Joseph Smith’s prophecies in the Doctrine and Covenants that the promises sprang from Hagar and her seed. In section 132:34 it says; “God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife. And why did she do it? Because this was the law; and from Hagar sprang many people. This, therefore, was fulfilling, among other things, the promises”.