The Lord looks out for the rejected

Genesis Bible Background

01.06.2018 – Old Testament: Gen 16.7–10

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 15–17 on January 6, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

A problem arose between Sarai and her handmaid, Hagar, that Abram had to send away Hagar. Hagar experienced rejection, but the Lord looked out for her, although she would have to do something very difficult,

Now the Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. And He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” The Angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.” Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude” (Genesis 16.7–10).

What would it be like for Hagar to go back to Abram and Sarai, people who had asked her to leave? Yet, she did as the Angel of the Lord told her and eventually she had so many descendants that no man can count them.

Questions:

  • Have you found things in the Scriptures that are hard for you to believe and to practice?
  • Do you believe that the Lord knows what He is doing?

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