Genesis 16:7-16

September 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” Then the angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority.” Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.” The angel of the LORD said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction. “He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, And everyone’s hand will be against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers.” Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.

This week, we finish up our look at Genesis 16. First, as always, we’re going to review a little.

Abram and Sarai had separated themselves from Lot due to strife between the herdsmen of Lot and their own. God had shown Abram all of the land that would be his. Abram asked God about an heir and God said that he would have a son of his own to carry on his name. God makes a covenant with Abram and expands His promise. Last week, we saw that Sarai wanted a child and gave her handmaiden to Abram in order to have a child through her. When Hagar conceived, Sarai was despised in Hagar’s sight. In response, Sarai blames Abram for what she told him to do. To show that he didn’t despise her, Abram tells Sarai to do what she will with her maid and Sarai runs her off. It is here we pick up with our study.

Hagar runs away (it doesn’t say where right away). The angel of the Lord finds her by a spring of water on the way to Shur. This was a pretty good trip for a new mother and her newborn baby. From what I can gather, the place where Hagar was found by the angel of the Lord is on the Sinai peninsula, west of Kadesh-Barnea. Abram was living in Hebron at the time. This was close to 100 miles one way. The angel of the Lord (who might be Jesus) finds her and asks her where she came from and where she is going. Hagar is honest and says that she is running away from her mistress. The angel responds to her by telling her to submit herself to Sarai’s authority, and then he tells her that he will greatly multiply her descendants so that they are too many to count. I am of the belief that when the Bible says “the angel of the Lord”, it is a reference to a pre-incarnate Christ.

The angel continues by telling Hagar about what her son will be like. He tells her that her son will be called Ishmael because the Lord has given heed to her affliction. Ishmael is to be a “wild donkey of a man” (Ishmael is the ancestor of Mohammed and the majority of Muslims) and will be against everyone and everyone will be against him. Ishmael will live to the east of all of his brothers. Hagar calls the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”. The well gains the name that Hagar has given to God. Hagar goes back to camp and bears Abram a son, which he calls Ishmael. The chapter ends with a reminder that Abram is 86 years old when Ishmael is born to him.

This will be important as we continue, but for today, we’re done. We really appreciate you for reading our blog and we thank you for that. We ask that you help us Get The Word Out about our blog, our Facebook page, and our apparel shop. If you’d like, you can help us by finding us and becoming a part of our growing community. Thanks again for you’re help and we are looking forward to next week’s study! See you then!

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