February 1, 2013

Women of the Bible--Hagar

Hagar

“fugitive” or “immigrant”

I don’t know about you..but as an adoptive mother..this part rips my heart out. I wonder what my sons’ mothers felt when they made the choices that they did.

When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, "Let me not look on the death of the child." And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. . 18 Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation." 19 Then  God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness  and became an expert with the bow. 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

The story of Hagar has always seemed somewhat unfair to me. It shows when we make choices that are outside of God’s plan and out of fear and desperation (Sarah using her for the heir) that those choices can affect so many lives.

Thankfully God still hears our cries. He still bends low to rescue us. He still redeems situations and lives.

I wish that I could have all of you over for that Middle Eastern feast they suggest and discuss and share all of our thoughts and ideas. But we’ll have to settle for blog world.

What did you think?  Anything new come to you?  The issue of pride being in this story with Hagar was a new thought for me.

4 comments:

  1. What spoke to me this week is that God sees each person's exact circumstances and has a specific, redeeming plan for each life...no matter if that person is an outcast, an orphan, a princess or a slave. He may have chosen Sarah to carry the promise of salvation forward another generation, but he spoke directly to Hagar twice, and provided for her specific needs Ina powerful, personal way.

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    1. yes Larisa! Love that. No matter your 'station' in life or even where you are spiritually...God sees. We are all just as much loved by Him.

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  2. My mind took a bit of a rabbit trail on this lesson. When I put Gen 17:25 with 21:8-10, I realized that Ishmael would have been a teenager when Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away. That means two things, 1) Abraham had to give up each of his sons in their teens. (see Gen 22:5) Is that a coincidence? I think not. 2) Hagar had to put a teenage boy under a shrub and walk away to not hear him cry himself to death. (Gen 21:15) and for some reason, that just hit me hard.

    I thought about my 11-year old son and all the years of memories we have together. And how strong he is, so much stronger than when he was 4, 5, 6 years old. How hard would it be for him to starve to death in front of my eyes. How crazy the whole thing would seem, especially if I was Hagar and I was thinking about how I had no control of the situation. It just crushed me.

    And then for God to step in and compassionately intervene...to save them... I don't know. It just felt personal. Really, really personal. And the thing I took away was that I am not forgotten in my suffering. No matter what the situation looks like, I am not forgotten by God. I needed that reminder.

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  3. I think in any situation we have to believe that God always sees us. We should go for the right path and the destination will be there by Grace of God.

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