Hagar and Ishmael – Genesis 16, 21
In an earlier story we learned that God promised Abraham that his wife Sarah would have a son “at the time appointed” (Genesis 18:14) but before that, a son was born to Abraham and a woman named Hagar and this story is how that happened.
Now Abraham’s wife Sarah, had not given him any children, but she had an Egyptian maid named Hagar. And so one day Sarah said to Abraham, “The LORD has prevented me from having children so I ask you to go to Hagar, and maybe I will have children from her.” And so Sarah gave Abraham Hagar to be his wife too. And when Hagar found that she was going to have a baby, she looked down upon Sarah.
And so Sarah did not treat Hagar well, and Hagar ran away from her. And the angel of the LORD found Hagar by a fountain of water in the wilderness, and he said “Hagar, Sarah’s maid, where did you come from? and where are you going?” and Hagar told him she was running away from Sarah. But the angel told her to go back and to submit to Sarah, (that means to do as Sarah asked her to). The angel said “You will have a son, and you will name him Ishmael, and he will be a wild man, and every man will be against him.” And so Hagar bore Abraham a son, and he was called Ishmael.
After time passed as the Lord had promised, Sarah gave birth to a son who was named Isaac, and as he grew Sarah noticed that Ishmael made fun of Isaac, and so she told Abraham to drive Hagar and Ishmael away. Abraham was very unhappy about that, but God told Abraham that he should do as Sarah wanted him to. And God told Abraham that Ishmael would also make a great nation of people.
And so, early one morning, Abraham took bread and water and gave them to Hagar and sent her and Ishmael away, and they wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. And when the water was gone, Hagar put Ishmael under a bush and went away from him, because she did not want to see him die. And she sat and wept.
And God heard Ishmael’s voice, and the angel of God called Hagar from heaven, and said “What’s wrong Hagar? “Do not be afraid, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Get up, lift up your son and hold him in your hand, for I will make him a great nation. And God showed Hagar a well of water, and she went and filled the bottle with water and gave it to Ishmael to drink. And God was with Ishmael, and he grew and lived in the wilderness, and became an archer. That means he used a bow and arrows. And Hagar took Ishmael a wife from the land of Egypt.
Memory Verse: Genesis 21:17 “….fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.”
1 Why did Sarah give Hagar to Abraham? Answer: Because she had no children and she thought she could have children from Hagar.
2 Why did Hagar run away from Sarah? Answer: Because Sarah did not treat her well when Sarah saw that Hagar looked down upon her when Hagar found she was going to have a baby.
3 What did God tell Hagar to do? Answer: He told Hagar to go back and submit to Sarah, to do what Sarah wanted her to do.
4 Why did Sarah tell Abraham to drive Hagar and Ishmael away? Answer: Because Sarah saw Ishmael making fun of Isaac, and told Abraham to drive them away.
5 Where was Hagar when the angel called Hagar the second time? and what did God show her? Answer: She was in the wilderness crying, God showed her water for them to drink.