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Genesis 16:10-11

Lesson # Genesis 16:10-11
Study Material - Genesis 16:10-11

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. 16:10-11

10 Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, 'I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they shall be too many to count.' 11 The angel of the LORD said to her further, 'Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael,

Distinction should probably be made as to the nature of the messenger, 'the angel of the Lord'. Angel is the word 'malek', which does not refer to an angel, but rather to the nature of the function of the person who is communicating to Hagar. That function here is in reference to a messenger. The nature of that person is generally given in the context of the passage, 'of the Lord', 'Jehovah' or Lord.. This then is not an angel as one generally thinks of angels as being separate creatures created by God at some point in the distant past, but rather it is a personal reference to God, and specifically the second person of the Godhead, Jesus Christ.

This is a personal message being delivered to Hagar by Jesus Christ himself. Jesus Christ is manifested in various forms prior to the first advent. Here as the angel of the Lord, and in other passages as the burning bush, the pillar of fire, the cloud that leads Israel by day, the cloud that fills the temple when it is first completed by Solomon, and so forth.

The difference to this reference to God from that in the vision to Abram is as follows. Abram was visited by God, 'Adonay Yehovah', or the Lord God. Adonay is a designation for the personal name of God or Lord, and is a reference to Jesus Christ as the supreme being, the supreme existence, the self existence, the eternal one. This is one of the highest titles of God mentioned prior to the first advent.

Hagar also has a meaning, 'Haagaar', or flight, slipping away. Now that we have brought these meanings together in this passage we should probably look ahead to one more word, Sarah, which means 'princess', and which is a far cry from her former name Sarai, which means contentious rule. She will go from a nag to a very sweet and courteous person with poise and grace in her manner. Only Bible doctrine can make this change in a person.

Now we have the ground work for the two promises which God is about to deal out. One to Abram, who has already received his promise, and promise of Bible doctrine, and next to Hagar, who is about to receive her promise.

Abram is to pursue the spiritual promise which comes from God, yet he pursed the carnal promise through Hagar. Gods promise is sure and certain with unlimited production, while Hagar's promise is certainly numerous as it appears on the surface, but it is in reality fleeting and will never be received nor possessed.

Ishmael, 'Yishmaaeel', the mighty will hear. He will be a wild hair of a man. His descendants will be many and so it is with the world. There will be many peoples in this world, but numbers in population do not guarantee prosperity, nor even eternal blessing. Ishmael will be contentious to all and all to him.

'The mighty will hear...'. The Lord is the mighty. He is the one who will hear the problems of Hagar. Hagar represents the promise of the world that there will be a savior to help heal the woes of the world, but, of course, the world has to want to be healed and has to want to believe in Gods plan.

Hagar was on her way toward Shur, or in that direction. Shur means 'wall'. This is an impenetrable wall through which mankind, alone, cannot breach or pass. There is only one way of getting over the barrier which man finds himself trapped behind, and that way is faith in Jesus Christ.

Hagar was directed back to the camp of Abram where Bible doctrine is available, though there still exists problems, still there is the potential of spiritual growth and blessing. So Hagar is given the solution to her problem. Return to doctrine and advance through her life by means of Bible doctrine, or choose the path to the 'wall' and really end up going nowhere., or return to the camp where doctrine exists and continue to be negative toward Bible study. In which case there is still some type of prosperity, worldly prosperity, but through it there is no solution to eternal life. Worldly prosperity will last for a while, but then it 'will' be gone.

We all have those choices as well. We can run away from our problems, not knowing where we are headed and end up running into a wall of misery. We can be responsible in our life, but still reject God, have some prosperity, maybe, but in the jungle nothing is ever certain except your ultimate end, and that is doom. Or we can pursue Bible study, and have all that we could ever want out of life, and far more. So door number 1, number 2, or number 3. Oh, sort of sounds like the lion or the lady! But in Bible doctrine we know what is behind the door. The other two choices give false hope, but there is really a lion behind both doors and you are his guest - and dinner. Bon appetite!

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