Bible Study Lessons …. Genesis 16:1-16
Sarai gave Hagar to Abram in this story from Genesis because she was unwilling to wait for God to fulfill His promise to her.
The promise of a son to Abram, who would be the father of Israel. So spawns the saga of Hagar and Ishmael – read on..
Sarai Gives Hagar to Abram and Gets a Son
Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar.
So Sarai said to Abram, “Now behold, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children.
Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her.”
And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.
He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight. – Genesis 16:1-4 NASB
Why Would Sarai Give Abram a Second Wife?
It would seem strange to most people today for a woman to give another wife to her husband.
But, looking at the customs of the people of Abram’s time, a woman without heirs (especially male heirs) was left to begging or prostitution to support herself if the husband died. She was forced to produce a male heir in any way she could.
Hence, Hagar, the maidservant.
The story here is one of faith, or the lack of it. Sarai did not truly believe God’s promise to give a child to her and to Abram.
She became impatient, or scared and took matters into her own hands as they were both growing old.
Our Living Lesson
How often do we ask God for something and then not truly believe He can deliver? Do we grow impatient as Sarai did?
When this happens, problems arise because we take over God’s responsibility. Instead of letting Him work in our lives, we decide we can do a better job ourselves.
Remembering a Man of Faith
Mr. Barnes was always a minister of Christ everywhere he went – though his singing talents and the way he lived his life.
I can hear Roy say to us now; “God is in control.” I can’t add anything more to this statement.
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16.
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