-After ten years in the land of Canaan, Abraham takes the advice of Sarai, his wife, to go into Hagar, her Egyptian servant, for the purpose of having a child for his inheritance. This was a lack of faith on their part and a deviation from the promise, will, and plan of God. Impatience with the LORD is never a good thing. This situation goes badly indeed as Hagar becomes despised in the sight of Sarai and is treated harshly under Abram’s authority.
-Hagar fled from Sarai’s presence into the wilderness and the angel of the LORD appeared to her to encourage and help her with advice for the twisted situation. The angel promises that her descendants will be as countless as the stars and that she will bear a son named Ishmael (God hears) because the LORD has given heed to her affliction. The boy will be a “wild donkey” of a man whose hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand will be against him, and he will live east of his brothers. Hagar is advised by the angel to return to Abraham and Sarai, to face her problems rather than running from them, and to submit to the authority of Sarai.
-Hagar praises the LORD upon reflecting that she remained alive after seeing Him called Him, “God who sees.”
-So Hagar bore Abram a son when he was 86 years old; and Abram named him Ishmeal.
Verse to Memorize: Genesis 16:2