An angel of the Lord prophesied to the slave-girl Hagar: "'You are with child and will bear a son. You shall name him Ishmael, because the Lord has heard of your ill treatment. He shall be the man like the wild ass, his hand against every man and every man's hand against him; and he shall live at odds with all his kinsmen.'"  (Gen 16:10-12 NEB).

Today, sons of Ishmael follow the Muslim religion of Islam. They are a people who live at odds with every man, even with their own kinsmen. A typical example of this was the eight year war between the Muslim nations of Iran and Iraq. They also threaten other nations. Of Babylon/Iraq the Lord said this: "…you have ruined your land and slaughtered your people. Such a brood of evildoers shall never be seen again. Make the shambles ready for his sons butchered for their fathers' sin; they shall not rise up and possess the world nor cover the face of the earth with cities."  (Isaiah 14:20,21 NEB). Although the declared ambition of sons of Ishmael is to possess the world, this shall never be fulfilled. Even now the "shambles"* are being made ready by powerful allied nations against the Muslim sons of Ishmael.

The apostle Paul said that the events that transpired between Hagar the mother of Ishmael and Sarah the mother of Isaac are an allegory: "Abraham had two sons, one by his slave and the other by his free-born wife. The slave-woman's son was born in the course of nature, the free woman's through God's promise. This  is an allegory. The two women stand for two covenants. The one bearing children into slavery is the covenant that comes from Mount Sinai: that is Hagar. Sinai is a mountain in Arabia and it represents the Jerusalem of today, for she and her children are in slavery. But the heavenly Jerusalem is the free woman; she is our mother."  (Gal 4:22-26 NEB).

The apostle Paul went on to say: "And you, my brothers, like Isaac, are children of God's promise. But just in those days the natural-born son persecuted the spiritual son, so it is today. But what does scripture say? 'Drive out the slave-woman and her son, for the son of the slave shall not share the inheritance with the free  woman's son.' You see, then, my brothers, we are no slave-woman's children; our mother is the free woman."  (Gal 4:28-31 NEB).

Ishmael's persecution of Isaac led to his dismissal from Abraham's household that he might not share in the spiritual inheritance of Isaac. (Gen 21:9-13). And while the offspring of Ishmael today still taunt and persecute those they suspect of being the spiritual offspring of Isaac, they "shall not share the inheritance" of heavenly Jerusalem.  (Gal 4:30 NEB).

Neither the Islamist terrorists of the Palestinians nor the state-sponsored terrorists of  the State of Israel are spiritual sons of God. People of God are those walking in a "newness of life" according to the "Way" of The Christ.  (Rom 6:4.  John 14:6).

* SHAMBLES:  A place of carnage or execution.