Posted by: wwyeshua | January 23, 2014

ABRAM, SARAI, HAGAR AND ISHMAEL – Genesis 16 – 17

6 Hagar has a son

God had promised Abram that he would be the father of a great nation. Remember that starry night we read about last time? God told Abram that from him would come as many children as there were stars in the sky.

12 promise

But some years went by, and still Abram didn’t have any children.

Sarai was worried that Abram would have no children because she was old, and so she said to Abram, “Maybe you should have your children by my servant Hagar. She is younger than I am, and maybe she is the one you are supposed to have our children with and we will have a family through her.”

 2-hagar

That wasn’t God’s plan at all, but to Sarai God’s plan seemed impossible but her plan made sense. So Abram agreed with Sarai. Sarai refused to trust God’s love and promises; she rebelled against His perfect plan for her and Abram’s life.

As soon as Hagar became pregnant with Abram’s first child, there was trouble between Sarai and Hagar. The trouble got so bad, that finally Hagar ran away.

 3 Hagar at the spring

When Hagar finally came to a spring of cool water in the middle of the hot desert, she sat down there and began to cry. She didn’t see that there was an angel of the Lord there. “Where are you going?” the angel of the Lord asked Hagar. “I am running away,” she answered.

 4 Angel of the Lord

“Go back to your mistress Sarai,” the angel of the Lord said to Hagar. “Be her servant and serve her well. I promise that from you will come so many children that no one will be able to count them. You are going to have a son and you will call him Ishmael, which means ‘God hears,’ because God has heard you cry.”

When the angel left her, Hagar was so surprise, she didn’t even know his name, and so she called him, “the One who sees me.” And from then on, the spring where she talked with the angel of the Lord was called “the well of Him that lives and sees me.”

5 Returned & obeyed Sarai

Hagar went back to her home and she obeyed Sarai.

 6 Hagar has a son

After a while, she did have a son. She named him Ishmael, just as the angel of the Lord had told her to. Abram was 86 years old when Ishmael was born.

Still, more years went by, and Abram and Sarai had no children. 

Abram was 99 years old when God appeared to him again.

 7 God appears to Abraham again

God said to him, “I am the Almighty God! Obey me and always do what is right! And I will keep My agreement between Me and you. I will give you many children.”

Abram fell to the ground, with his face down.

 8 Abram face in sand

God said to Abram, “From you and your children will come so many people that they will become nations. From now on your name shall be Abraham, which means, ‘the Father of Many Nations’.”

 9 Many nations

And so God made a covenant with Abraham. Do you know what a covenant is? It is when two people make a promise between themselves and it is very important to keep this agreement.

God said to Abraham, “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.”

God said, “The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”

 10 Canaan

Did you know that this is why the land of Canaan is called “the Promised Land?” Because, it is the land God promised to Abraham and to his children.

And then God said, “You must agree to keep this covenant with me. You must agree to honor me and obey me. And then God said, “From now on, you shall call your wife Sarah, which means “princess.” I will bless her. She will have a son, and she will become the mother of nations and kings.”

Now, Sarah was nearly 90 years old, and when Abraham heard this he laughed.

Abraham laughed and said, how can Sarah have children? She is way too old! He thought for a moment and then he asked God: “What about my son Ishmael, can’t my family come from him?”

11 How about Ishmael

“No,” God said, your wife Sarah will have a son, and you will call him Isaac, which means “He Laughed” – because you laughed when I told you. My covenant is with him and his children. And it is an everlasting covenant. But I will also bless your son Ishmael and his children. They will become a great nation too.”

God left Abraham’s presence and that very day Abraham did what God had told him to do. 

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Goodbye, until next time; when we will learn more about Abraham.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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