The Birth of Isaac

21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah(A) as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.(B) Sarah became pregnant and bore a son(C) to Abraham in his old age,(D) at the very time God had promised him.(E) Abraham gave the name Isaac[a](F) to the son Sarah bore him.

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  1. Genesis 21:3 Isaac means he laughs.

15 The angel of the Lord(A) called to Abraham from heaven(B) a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself,(C) declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,(D) 17 I will surely bless you(E) and make your descendants(F) as numerous as the stars in the sky(G) and as the sand on the seashore.(H) Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,(I) 18 and through your offspring[a] all nations on earth will be blessed,[b](J) because you have obeyed me.”(K)

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  1. Genesis 22:18 Or seed
  2. Genesis 22:18 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers(A)

19 Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. 20 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers(B) are standing outside, wanting to see you.”

21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”(C)

Jesus Calms the Storm(D)(E)

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master,(F) we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked(G) the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.(H) 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

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