I am not endeavouring to comment on the whole Bible or even all the key events of salvation history of which this is certainly one, rather to highlight aspects which indicate God’s broader providence, i.e. His kindly intentions towards the vast majority of people including many who were not incorporated within His covenant with Abraham during the Old Testament period or chosen for Christ in the New (cf. Jn6:44). Such would include the major proportion of Asian people within the last two millennia; and such might be symbolised by Abraham’s firstborn Ishmael. He had been circumcised by Abraham and blessed by God (Gen17:20) yet was excluded from the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant. Nevertheless, God would remain with Him (Gen21:20) and he would go on to be the father of a great nation.