“The child grew, and was weaned. Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, ‘Cast out this slave woman with her son. The son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.’ The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, ‘Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that your offspring shall be named for you. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.”
They had a big feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. The first eating of solid food of a baby is still a big celebration in India today. Sarah did not like to see Ishmael playing with her son Isaac, so she wanted to cast out Hagar, the Egyptian slave, with her son Ishmael. Abraham was distressed about this affair. So God said to Abraham not to be distressed but to listen to Sarah, because Isaac is where his future was, although Ishmael would have a great nation also. The next morning Abraham sent Hagar with her child with bread and water into the wilderness of Beer-sheba, at the southern end of Canaan, where Abimelech and Abraham will have a peace treaty.
“When the water in the skin was gone, Hagar cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot. She said, ‘Do not let me look on the death of the child.’ And as she sat opposite him, the boy lifted up his voice and wept. God heard the voice of the boy. The angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, ‘What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid. God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand. I will make a great nation of him.’ Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran. His mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.”
The water ran out, so Hagar put the child under a bush. Then she sat a bowshot away because she did not want to watch him die. God heard the voice of the boy crying. An angel of God came to Hagar and asked what was troubling her. The angel told her not to be afraid, a constant theme of angelic messages. The angel said the child will be the foundation of a great nation. Hagar opened her eyes and she saw a well of water, and gave the boy something to drink. God was with Ishmael as he grew up in the wilderness of Paran, somewhere in the Sinai area. He became an expert with the bow and got married to an Egyptian woman. Supposedly Ishmael was 13 at this time, but he kind of appears like a toddler in this episode.