The Unknown Children of Abraham
How many children did Abraham have and are they all covered in God's covenant?
During my study of the bible, not very long ago, I read a passage in the book of Genesis that caused me to wonder about the covenant that God had made with Abraham. But first I want to mention a verse in Genesis 15:18 (NKJV) which states: 18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates..........
Another verse that is just as important to this one is Genesis 17: 7 (NKJV) which states: 7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendents after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendents after you.
Now the main verses to look at here that really drew my attention goes all the way back to Genesis 12: 7 (NKJV) which states: 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said; "To your descendents I will give this land." And there he built an alter to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
In this verse (7) God stated "decendents" and no names or groups within Abram's decendents were mentioned. At this point one can only assume the word descendents in this case mean all descendents of Abram.
Now to support my understanding of what God meant when He said "descendents" I refer to the verse in Genesis 15: 5 (NKJV) which states: 5 Now when He brought him outside and said; "Look now towards heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendents be."
This verse seems to clarify what God had meant in Genesis 12: 7. regarding "descendents."
The story line goes on to the point where Abram name is change by God to Abraham and then later Abraham helped conceived a child name Ishmael through a maidservant named Hagar. A number of years later Abraham again helps conceived another son with his wife Sarah and this son is named Isaac. As the story line continues, Abraham's son Ishmael later has many children and Isaac has two. Ishmael goes on to have total of 12 that are mentioned by name. The story line then begain to focus on the two sons of Isaac. Isaac's two sons are named Esau (the older) and Jacob (the younger). As most christian are aware much later God changed Jacob's name to Isreal. And from this comes the 12 tribes (sons) of Israel.
In this story we find that Sarah, Abraham's wife, dies as it is mentioned in Genesis 24:67.
Now we arrive at the part of the story of how many children did Abraham have. We find out that Abraham had a total of 8 children. In Genesis 25.1-2 (NKJV) it states the following: 1 Abraham again took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bore him Zimram, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.
So here are the names of all 8 children of Abraham:
The bible then mentions the children from Jokshan and Midian, which are just a few as far as we know at this time.
In the many years of my chirstian faith I had never seen or heard from others this fact as mentioned in the bible. Most mainstream christian religion never mentions the fact that Abraham had 8 children. So now I ask this question regarding the covenant God made with Abraham as mentioned in Genesis 12: 7. Are these six children and the descendents of these 6 children, who are barely mention in the bible, who are also the seed (descendents), also going to someday possess the land that God had promised the descendents of Abraham?
I also wonder why these children of Abraham are never mentioned again in the bible. There is no doubt that Abraham had two wives, but why are 6 of Abraham's children lost in history?
Maybe someday we'll find out.
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