Genesis Chapter 16 (Review)

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  1. Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, bare him no children: and she had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

Now Sarai was yet to have any kids and she had an Egyptian Maid (likely from Mizraim).

  1. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

Now Sarai told her husband that God had restrained her from having kids (the thinking of man) that Abram should get the Egyptian pregnant that he may have heir from her. She brought it to him as Eve brought to Adam. And Abram who was desperately seeking an heir agreed.

  1. 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.

Then Sarai brought Hagar unto Abram. Just like the fruit of the tree.

  1. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

Woman had once again brought man/adam/humanity into a fall, thereby getting Abram finding himself naked – this time with another woman. When Hagar got pregnant, she then belittled Sarah and treated her like she was nothing.

  1. And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee : I have given my maid into thy bosom ; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes : the Lord judge between me and thee.

Just as it happened in the past as well, the blame game begun… ‘all this that is happening to me is all because of you’ …as Eve’s wrong was upon Adam…you are responsible. Now that this maid has gotten pregnant, she hates me. Let God be the judge between you and me.

  1. 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.

Abram then said ‘she is your maid and not my wife per se, so do as you wish to her’. Then Abram giving her freedom to do as she pleased, (which was terrible), Hagar then ran away (with her unborn child in her).

  1. And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

And the angel of God found her by a fountain/spring/river in the wilderness/desert. Strange huh?

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  1. And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? And whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

And he said…all angels of God who have appeared so far have been referred to as ‘he’. Hagar, Sarai’s maid…which means even in the eye of God, she was Sarai’s maid and not Abrams wife.

  1. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

Go back to Sarai and subject yourself to her.

  1. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

When that is done, I will multiply your seed exceedingly. They shall be uncountable.

  1. 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 [God shall hear]; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.

You shall have a son and call him Ishmael (God hears), because God has heard your affliction you have been afflicted because of Sarai.

  1. 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.

He will be a wild man. He will be against all men and all men will be against him as well and he shall dwell in hostility, away from his brethren. Since Hagar had no other children, its safe to say ‘his  brethren’ refers to other children of Abram.

  1. And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

WOW. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO WATCHES OVER ME, MY GUARDIAN, AND NOW I HAVE SEEN THE ONE WHO WATCHES OVER ME.

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  1. Wherefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi [the well of him that liveth and seeth me]: behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

And the well was named after that.

  1. And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

The word of God came true. She bore a son, and Abram himself named him Ishmael. Confirmation of God’s word.

  1. And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

Abram was 86 when Ishmael was born.

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