“But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.”
She was the handmaid of Sarai.
“Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.”
She fled from the face of Sarai, the wife of Abram the father of her son.
Sarai had told her husband to go in unto her, and then delivered her unto him.
“And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.”
She obeyed the command of her mistress, and then afterwards was dealt hardly by her.
She fled, but was met by the angel of the Lord at a fountain in the wilderness. The angel persuaded her to return to Sarai for the birth of her son.
“And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
She returned to give birth to Ishmael.
“And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.”
Hagar serves as an example that we cannot avoid the consequences of our sin. Sarai had been promised a son, yet because of her impatience and doubt, she took matters into her own hands, and went against what God had planned and promised. Later, we will see more of the results of her disobedience.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Isaiah 47-48 | Romans 13 | Proverbs 30-31
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