There’s a difference between the child of promise and covenant and the child who is outside that covenant.
17 And these were the years of the life of Ishmael… one hundred and thirty-seven years, and he expired, died and was gather to his people. 18 And they lived from Havilah as far as Shur, which is before Egypt coming to Assyria. He fell (dead) before all his brothers.19 And these are the generations of Isaac the son of Abraham: Abraham was father to Isaac.
There’s no record of anything bad being said about Ishmael in Genesis. He lived, he died and he had twelve sons. He was one hundred and thirty-seven years old when he died. Ishmael and his family were spread out from Havilah to Shur and, depending on how you look at the translation, he either dropped dead in front of all his brothers, or he was in the presence of his brothers when he died. However, the use of Hebrew word “naphal” meaning “he fell” certainly implies the former to me. Interestingly, there is no mention of his burial…
On the other hand, Isaac’s generations start on a slightly different tack. Isaac is portrayed as the son of Abraham… “Abraham fathered Isaac, whereas, Ishmael is referred to as the son of the slave girl and “to” or “for” or “belonging to” Abraham is the last thing mentioned.
There’s a difference between the child of promise and covenant and the child who is outside that covenant. Was it that God loved Isaac more than Ishmael? Never! Was it that Isaac deserved more than Ishmael? Certainly Not! I can only see that Isaac pointed toward the birth of the Christ, who brings every person who believes in Him into relationship with the Father… And, outside of relationship with Jesus, there is no hope.
Father, again I ask You to speak and to guide. It’s so easy to think I’m trusting You when everything is under my control. However, I did ask You to take control, and so now my life and all the outcomes are in Your hands. Please help me to trust more and more often.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 שָׁכַן – shakan – Strongs 7931 – (v) – “settle down/abide/dwell/reside/lay/place/settle/fix/establish/inhabit/stay/remain/make a home/make to dwell/cause to dwell”
 חֲוִילָה – Chaviylah – Strongs 2341 – (n . m proper) – “Havilah, name of a place in Eden before the fall, a district in Arabia after the fall, and the name of one of the sons of Cush = ‘circle’”
 שׁוּר – shuwr – Strongs 7793 – (n . m Proper) – “Shur, name of a place or region southwest of Palestine on the eastern border, possibly even inside Egyptian territory…. Where hagar ran to when fleeing from Sarai, and also a place that Israel passed through in the wilderness after crossing the Dead Sea = wall”
 אַשּׁוּר – Ashshur – Strongs 1544 – (n . m Proper) – “Asshur/name of the second son of Shem, from whom the Assyrians descended/people of Assyria/land of asssyria/Assyria/Assyrians/Assyrian/guided = ‘a step’”
עַל־פֶּנֵי …..’al pâney עַל – ʿal – Strongs 5921 – (prep) – “upon/among/before/toward/against/when/during/in additions to/on the ground of/according to/on account of/on behalf of/concerning/beside/together with/beyond/above/over/notwithstanding/next/at/down upon/down from/up to/from/because that/although/under” + לִפְנֵי, לִפְנָי, פָּנֶה – paniym – Strongs 6440 – (n) – “face/presence/faces/sight/person/mouth/surface/open/appearance/formerly/before/in the presence/from before the face of/in front of/forward/from the presence of/from before/ from before the face of/before and behind/to the front of/from before”