The children of the first family are very important in God’s family plan. They are the cornerstones that tie a family together. They are the children of the wife and husband of the first family.
Abraham’s son with Hagar was fourteen years older than Isaac, Abraham’s son with Sarah, and yet Isaac was Abraham’s heir. “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed, and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.” (Genesis 17:19)
Before Sarah and Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away from their family for the second time, we are told, “And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman, in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice, for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.” (Genesis 21:12)
“And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.” (Genesis 25:5)
“And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him (Abraham) in the cave of Machpelah…” (Genesis 25:9)
Men commit iniquity by placing their children from their second family first by moving in with their second wife. These selfish children of the second family will find it very difficult to share with the children of the first family. But as you can see, in God’s plan, it can work – but only when the children of the first family are the heirs. It is through the first family that the whole family is blessed. When the second families are primary heirs, they remain separate families within the broken family. Most people will never know that the children of the first family exist. They will think of the second family as the “Family”, but it is not true. This is the opposite of God’s plan for his family. Save the first family!