Day 9…Genesis 16:

September 24, 2010 at 10:15 PM Leave a comment

Genesis 16: Ishmael | not the promised son 😦

v.1-2, Abram’s wife still hadn’t had a baby so she took matters into her own hands and told Abram to sleep with her servant girl: HAGAR. She did so they could have a family thru her. Abram agreed (dirty dog!)

v.3-4, Now living in Canaan 10 years. Abram slept with Hagar and she became pregnant. When she realized she was pregnant she started to look down on Sarai.

v.5-6, Sarai complained to Abram and blamed the whole mess on him – the abuse – “I put my maid in bed with you and the minute she knows she’s pregnant she treats me like I’m nothing.” Then she told Abram to ask God for help with this. And told her to take care of her own business so Sarai was abusive to Hagar and she ran away.

v.7-12, an angel comes to Hagar in the desert on the way to Shur and said “Hagar, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said “I’m running away from Sarai because she has been abusive to me.” The messenger told her to go back and put up with the abuse because through all this you will have a big family past counting. You will get a son from your pregnancy, name him ISHMAEL (God heard you, God answered). He’ll be a bucking bronco of a man, real fighter, fighting everyone, stirring up trouble and be at odds with his own family.

v.13-14, Hagar spoke to God and answered him by another name “You’re the God who sees me.” Yes, he saw me and I saw him that’s not how the spring got named God-alive-see-me spring. It’s still there between Kadesh & Bered.

v.15-16, Hagar went back and gave Abram a son. Abram named him Ishmael. Abram was 86 when Ishmael was born.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? I shouldn’t take matters into my own hands like Sarai did by getting Abram to sleep with Hagar. They thought God had forgotten about his covenant or something because they tried to have THIS big family God promised THEIR way. Even though this wasn’t God’s plan. He still allowed Hagar to give Abram a baby boy. God sometimes uses OUR plans (even if it wasn’t what he intended) for good or to redeem us.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Making a decision in the past, I really needed to listen carefully to God. And not take things in my own hands. Thankfully I did this and this lead to an amazing opportunity at City Centre.

Thank you God for being faithful.

Entry filed under: Journey Thru the Bible.

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