Daily Bible Reading

June 6, 2024

Genesis 21:1-21(GNT)

God’s Guiding Word: Promise

June 6


Genesis 21:1–21: As promised by God, Sarah becomes pregnant and bears Abraham a son who is named Isaac. Sarah tells Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away, and an angel of God speaks to Hagar in the wilderness.

Today’s Key Verse: Genesis 21:1–2a

The LORD blessed Sarah as he had promised, and she became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham when he was old.


21 The Lord blessed Sarah, as he had promised, and she became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham when he was old. The boy was born at the time God had said he would be born. Abraham named him Isaac, and when Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God had commanded. Abraham was a hundred years old when Isaac was born. Sarah said, “God has brought me joy and laughter. Everyone who hears about it will laugh with me.” Then she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

The child grew, and on the day that he was weaned, Abraham gave a great feast.

One day Ishmael, whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham, was playing with Sarah’s son Isaac. 10 Sarah saw them and said to Abraham, “Send this slave and her son away. The son of this woman must not get any part of your wealth, which my son Isaac should inherit.” 11 This troubled Abraham very much, because Ishmael also was his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, “Don’t be worried about the boy and your slave Hagar. Do whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that you will have the descendants I have promised. 13 I will also give many children to the son of the slave woman, so that they will become a nation. He too is your son.”

14 Early the next morning Abraham gave Hagar some food and a leather bag full of water. He put the child on her back and sent her away. She left and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15 When the water was all gone, she left the child under a bush 16 and sat down about a hundred yards away. She said to herself, “I can’t bear to see my child die.” While she was sitting there, she began to cry.

17 God heard the boy crying, and from heaven the angel of God spoke to Hagar, “What are you troubled about, Hagar? Don’t be afraid. God has heard the boy crying. 18 Get up, go and pick him up, and comfort him. I will make a great nation out of his descendants.” 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well. She went and filled the leather bag with water and gave some to the boy. 20 God was with the boy as he grew up; he lived in the wilderness of Paran and became a skillful hunter. 21 His mother got an Egyptian wife for him.


What are your thoughts about Sarah’s demand that Hagar and Ishmael be sent away? How does Abraham react? What does God say to Abraham? What does the angel of God say to Hagar in the wilderness? What does today’s reading teach you about God?


God of comfort, you provide me daily with what I need, and you sustain me day by day. I trust in you and praise you for your constant love and care. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Genesis 22:1–19: God commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.

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