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Genesis 16:7-9

Lesson # Genesis 16:7-9
Study Material - Genesis 16:7-9

You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.

Gen. 16:7-9

7 Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And he said, 'Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from and where are you going?' And she said, 'I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.' 9 Then the angel of the LORD said to her, 'Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority.'

Sarai had made a decision and brought a servant girl into her marriage bed. Abram made a similar decision, and now wants nothing to do with the repercussions. Abram wanted a son, a child for an heir. He forgot all the things he currently had. He was quite wealthy, but Abram was on a one track mind set and wanted to ignore all that God had done for him.

Sarai, likewise was probably the object of disrespect from Abram. Remember his comment that it was 'she' who had not given 'him' a child. So it must be Sarai's fault of course. Notice how superficial everyone gets when they get away from Bible study, when they begin thinking of themselves and blame everyone else for their lack of fulfillment.

Hagar was the victim to a certain extent, but she is not innocent. She saw an opportunity for advancement in Abram's house. She could have said no to the suggestion from Sarai. She could have said no to Abram. But no, here was opportunity and it seemed so easy, and of course intimate with the 'master' of the camp. Life would certainly get better for Hagar, or so she thought. She became indignant to Sarai and then received the fury of Sarai's wrath. Hagar ran away. So Hagar was just as guilty as the rest.

Abram wanted a child and here the mother of that child has run away. Why didn't Abram search for her? Sarai wanted Abram to stop complaining, so she came up with this plan, but she not only hated life for seemingly giving her a bad deal, she hated Abram for accepting it. She was probably glad that Hagar ran away. Good riddens!

God is the only one who can set things right. Hagar ran away and to the south toward Egypt. Here she is, a servant girl, pregnant, no money, no food, hungry, thirsty, angry and afraid certainly, and making a knee jerk decision to run, and emotional decision. God waited until she was sufficiently thirsty before calling on her. Her anger had subsided. She was now tired, and ready to listen. She was broke too, and ready to humble herself by going back, rather than continuing on toward Egypt, where there would most certainly be even greater trouble for her. Out in the wild, her chances of being caught by other unscrupulous types was great, and the results would not be pleasant for her. Back in Abram's camp there was security, Bible doctrine, and even prosperity, even in spite of the current fix she found herself in.

The angel called her name and her title, 'servant of Sarai'. This was her place in life, as Sarai's maid, and she should return and remain there in that capacity. The angel knew that Sarai would accept her back even though Sarai did not like this situation. Mature believers sometimes make mistakes in life, but they can recover nicely from them. Sarai was not a ruthless mistress. She would recognize her mistake and accept responsibility for it, as well as accepting responsibility for those whom she recruited into the 'plan'.

Abram, on the other hand, would take a bit more teaching from God. He is 85 years old now and it will not be until he is 99 years old, before God really gets his attention. Abram's sexual functions will be gone at that time, as well as Sarai's loss in her ability to get pregnant. The perfect opportunity for God. Man's weakness is where God shines best. Man cannot overcome his own weaknesses, even sexual weaknesses. But God has no barriers or restrictions. To God, nothing is impossible.

The angel got Hagar's attention by asking her where she was coming from, and where she was going. She knew where she had come from, and had no clue as to where she was going. The angel directed her back to where she belonged regardless of the obvious humility she would have to assume in the face of Sarai.

People under authority have a greater difficulty in being humble than those who are 'in' authority. People under authority are servants to masters, employees to employers, subordinates to supervisors, wives to husbands, citizens to governments, and so forth. This places a greater potential barrier to those in subordination because they must voluntarily subordinate themselves to whatever authority they are under. But they are where they must be and where God has placed them. In their role, they will be blessed greater, than if they try to ignore their masters, overrule their masters, or even run away.

God expects you to grow up and be responsible, and sometimes that growth requires great humility, and even apology. Hagar was not only to return, but to 'submit' herself to Sarai. If arrogance stood in her way, if she refused to accept Sarai, even though she, Hagar, had no respect for her, then Hagar's own life would get even more miserable. Running from authority is never an answer. Superimposing your own ideas over that of Gods ideas is wrong as well. If God has placed you under authority, then there is a reason for it, and that reason if for your own good. If you bolt from that authority, then you are in effect telling God that you do not like His plan and you have a better plan.

Now, do not misunderstand. This is in reference to legitimate authority. If an authority is abusive (really abusive), and a difference of opinion does not make an authority abusive, then of course you need to get away in order to preserve your life, or avoid injury and so forth. But the overriding aspect in any ones life is whether or not they are studying their Bible regularly. If you are studying regularly and in fellowship regularly, then God will resolve all your problems in due course. If you are not advancing in your spiritual life, then your problems will continue and probably increase regardless of what you do. Outside of Gods plan, you have no right choices. Only inside of Gods plan do you have opportunity for solutions and blessing.

Hagar was instructed to return and by doing so she would be blessed greatly. By returning, she cancels out her own arrogance and complies with Gods wishes.

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