Abram, father of Israel and the Arabs, took the name Abraham (father of many nations) in alignment with God's promise. Frustrated and a little desperate he is his wife then tried to "fix" the promise of a son. And through Sara's maid servant, Hagar, Abraham receives a son, Ishmael. Ishmael was not God's A-plan, but the couple's own solution and short cut since they did not have the strength to wait for the promise-son. But God blesses Ishmael in His great goodness and grace. Yet the huge explosion and bomb of blessing came with Isaac ("smile or laughter") who was born when Abraham was 100 years old. After the death of his first wife, we read in the Bible:
Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.
It seems like Abraham suddenly starts living again at his old age. He enters the second wave and six sons are born with his young wife Ketura. When the man's struggle and life-battle is over there's only happiness and joy left. He starts reproducing lots of new tribal-fathers to new desert-people... The legends and theories of who these tribes are seems to just as many as the people itself. Some people believe that both African and Indian people groups descend from father Abraham. No one seems to really know. They are, as I said, just theories. One thing we know 100% certain though - God keeps His promises and Abraham becomes "Father of Many Nations" at last.
I also want to thank God for the promises and prophecies that I and SOS have received through the years. Together with my family I want to enter into 2014 with incense and thanksgiving to God. I want to sing praises and thank God! SOS is today a home for all people and different nationalities. We have received holy and precious promises about Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. Ketura means incense. Ketura is beautiful and fertile. Ketura gives birth to many strong children!
Thank God for Ketura! I believe in a blessed and fertile 2014!
Happy New Year!