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Genesis 16 Hagar Has Ishmael for Abram and Sarai

Hagar, the handmaid of Sarai, was commanded by Sarai to have a child for her by Abram. Once this was performed, Hagar became high-minded and thought herself equal to Sarai. In response to this, Sarai began to harshly treat Hagar, insomuch that Hagar left the compound.

An angel of the LORD met and convinced her to return and humble herself to her mistress. The angel also stated that she would have multiple children and offspring; the child she will have for Abram should be named Ishmael and he would be a wild man.

His hand would be against many and many against him; she returned and became Abram’s second wife and gave birth to Ishmael as prophesied. Ishmael would become the father of the Arab nations (Genesis 16).

Takeaways:

Principle: Humility; the LORD blesses and lifts those who are able to display humbleness. Sarai displayed it in her zeal to get a child for Abram. She humbled herself to allow her mistress to lay with her husband. Exalting oneself will bring one down by the LORD; Hagar did this once she was able to be with child. She exalted herself above Sarai, which the LORD had to abase her for. As she was humbled, the angel met with her and told her to return, which she did. This means she humbled herself once again.

Be humble!

History: Abram is the father of the Arab nations today, which have the progenitor, Ishmael, as their father. Ishmael is the son of the bondwoman, Hagar, which is a union between Abram the Hebrew (a son of Shem) and Hagar the Egyptian (daughter of Ham).

Prophecy: The Ishmaelites play prominent roles in biblical prophecy. They are part of the conspirators against the house of Israel as found in Psalm 83:3-6 – Ishmael was promised wealth, which they have today and have become a nation.

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The disciples asked, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

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