|Matthias Stom, Sarah Leading Hagar to Abraham|
Escape of some kind is usually the most tempting solution to our problems. In fact, it can become a habit. Hagar was a person who used that approach. When the going got tough, she usually got going -- in the other direction.All quotes from Life Application Study Bible. This series first ran in 2004 and 2005. I'm refreshing it as I go. For links to the whole study, go to the Genesis Index. For more about the resources used, go here.
However, it is worthwhile to note that the biggest challenges Hagar faced were brought on by other people's choices.
Strengths and accomplishments:
Weaknesses and mistakes:
- Mother of Abraham's first child, Ishmael, who became the founder of the Arab nations
Lessons from her life:
- When faced with problems, she tended to run away
- Her pregnancy brought out strong feelings of pride and arrogance
- God is faithful to his plan and promises, even when humans complicate the process
- God shows himself as one who knows us and wants to be known by us
- The New Testament uses Hagar as a symbol of those who would pursue favor with God by their own efforts, rather than by trusting in his mercy and forgiveness
- Where: Canaan and Egypt
- Occupation: Servant, mother
- Relatives: Son - Ishmael
"Then the angel of the Lord told her, 'Go back to your mistress and submit to her.'" (Genesis 16:9)
Hagar's story is told in Genesis 16-21. She also is mentioned in Galatians 4:24, 25.