Blessings impartial and extrapolated …


God had promised Abram that he shall have a seed and that a nation that cannot be numbered (as many as the dust of the earth and as the stars of heaven) shall arise from him, speaking of the promised son, Isaac and ultimately referring to Jesus Christ, the Seed of the Woman (Genesis 3:15; Galatians 3:16). But Abram, taking matters in his own hands, listens to his wife Sarai, and lies with her servant maid, Hagar, an Egyptian. She conceives and encounters the angel of the Lord, while Hagar is running away from her mistress Sarai for Sarai dealt harshly with her, as Hagar had started to despise her mistress upon conception. The angel of the Lord. interesting promises a similar blessing on Hagar, telling her that “He will multiply her (Hagar’s) seed exceedingly, so much so that they cannot be numbered.”

From this account, first, we can see the impartial and generous nature of God. Jew or Gentile or anyone else, they are all the same in God’s eyes for he does not show favoritism (Romans 2:9-11). Second, the blessing of God to his Hebrew servant Abram is seen extrapolated even to the Egyptian, who was associated with Abram.

Points to ponder:
God does not show favorites and while he is Sovereign and chooses to do what he wills, as he wills, we can all be assured of his impartial and generous nature. What is equally important is whether others around us get to see God’s blessings extrapolated to them through us, who belong to God? If you are a servant of God who belongs to him for having believed in his Son, Jesus Christ, then, are you a channel of God’s innumerable blessings, sharing God’s love story with mankind, wherein his only Son (Jesus Christ) is sacrificed to take man’s rightful place, through whom all nations are blessed (Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:16)? Don’t let this question go unanswered!

Genesis 16:10 (KJV)
10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

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Return and Submit to Authority


Genesis 16:9 states that the angel of the Lord (pre-incarnate Christ) told Hagar, who was running away from her mistress, Sarai, to return and submit to the authority of Sarai (under her hands). Interestingly, just before the angel of the Lord commanded Hagar to return and submit, he had asked Hagar, where she was going? Hagar had not responded to this question and irrespective of where she was set out to go, the angel of the Lord, answered this question for her.

Herein is a lesson, we all ought to learn, which is about returning and submitting to authority – authority that God has ordained over us, on one hand, but more importantly, to the ultimate authority over all – the authority of God (2 Chronicles 20:6; Psalm 47:8).

Points to ponder:
Jesus is the ultimate authority over all (1 Corinthians 15:27) for God has put everything under Jesus’ feet and gave him to be the head over all things to the Church (Ephesians 1:22). While it is important and necessary for us to submit to governing authorities that God has allowed over us (Romans 13:1; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13), it is even more important for us to return and submit to the authority of God, of Jesus Christ, the ruler over all. Jesus laid the best example for us to follow, for he submitted to the authority of God by declaring that “Into (or you can say under) God’s hands, he commended his Spirit” (Luke 23:46). Let us return and submit to the authority – the Ultimate Authority – Jesus Christ.

If God was to ask us today, where are you going? Let our answer and action be, “Returning to Submit to God’s authority.” Let us be able to truly say, “Lord God, Into your hands, I commend my all – heart, soul, strength, and mind”

Genesis 16:9 (KJV)
And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

God’s two questions – Where from and to?


Genesis 16:8-9 speaks of the conversation that transpired between the angel of the Lord and Hagar, the Egyptian servant girl who was running away from her mistress, Sarai, whom she had despised.

The angel of the Lord (pre-incarnate Christ) said “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go?” which in other words were two questions, posed by God – i.e, where from and where to?

Points to ponder:
These two questions of God (where from and where to) are extremely crucial and important in our understanding God’s interests in our whereabouts. Even though he is omniscient, God wants us to acknowledge our place – both from and to. We must be running from the things that displease him and be running to him. God is asking you today as he did Hagar – where from and to?

Genesis 16:8 -9 (KJV)
And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

Hagar – Person, Position, Place


Genesis 16:8 tells us of the way in which the angel of the Lord (pre-incarnate Christ) addresses and questions Hagar. It states the angel of the Lord said “Hagar, Sarai maid, Where are you coming from and where will you go?” Notice how, the angel of the Lord, knew not only who Hagar was (as in her position – Sarai’s maid) but also her name personally for he addresses her by name (her person personally). Then he wants her to acknowledge that her running away from her mistress was not to be and asks her, her position (i.e., where she came from and where will she be going?).

Points to ponder:
Many a times, we like Hagar, tend to run – run from authority and life’s unfair situations, only to be called and reminded by God, who not only calls us personally by name, but also reminds us of our position and place. Are you hearing God calling you by name, today? Do you know your position as God has willfully ordained for you and do you know where you are coming from and where you are going?

Genesis 16:8 (KJV)
And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

A Fountain in the wilderness


Genesis 16:7 states that the angel of the Lord found Hagar, who was fleeing from her mistress, Sarai, by a fountain of water in the wilderness. Notice, how the Bible not only describes a singular fountain of water, but it is also specific about the location of the fountain, which is in the wilderness.

Jeremiah 2:13 refers to the Holy Spirit as THE fountain (singular) of living waters. Jesus, when speaking of the Holy Spirit, describes the Holy Spirit, as one who resides within those who believe, and THE One who will flow out of the believer, as rivers of living waters; One could say, like a fountain gushing forth upward toward God and spreading sideways towards his people. Even in the wilderness of life’s situations, no matter how parched, life may seem to you, remember, that Jesus can find you there – by a fountain in your life’s wilderness.

Points to ponder:
Are you in a wilderness? If so, don’t lose hope, for Jesus Christ, the angel of the Lord, will find you there, and even in the wilderness, there will be a fountain – the fountain of living waters – the Holy Spirit – poured into all who believe.

Genesis 16:7 (KJV)
And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

The angel of the Lord found …


Genesis 16:7-13 gives the account of the encounter between the angel of the Lord and Hagar who was running away from her mistress Sarai. In subsequent articles, we will dissect and learn the hidden truths from this encounter, but for now, let us look at who is this angel of the Lord?

Although the identity of this angel of the Lord is not explicitly stated, close scrutiny of this text indicates that this was not just another mere messenger from God. First, this angel of the Lord promises to multiply her seed, which is something only God can do. Second, Hagar, in fact addresses this angel of the Lord who spoke with her, as God (Genesis 16:13). These help us recognize and agree with other Biblical scholars, that this angel of the Lord is none other than the pre-incarnate Christ – God himself (Theophany to Hagar).

Furthermore, what is interesting to note is that Bible says, the angel of the Lord found Hagar, implying that Hagar was being sought after and hence found.

Points to ponder:
Jesus is the messenger of God, the messenger of the covenant (Malachi 3:1) of God i.e., the angel of the Lord. He seeks us and finds us, even if we are in a wilderness. Have you been found by Jesus, the the angel of the Lord.

Genesis 16:7-13 (KJV)
And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
13 And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

Depend on the Lord or be despised


Genesis 16:4-6 gives the account of Hagar, the Egyptian servant girl of Sarai, who despised Sarai when she conceived. Sarai had brought this upon herself, for she had asked Abram, her husband, to take Hagar as his wife so that she may obtain children through Hagar, instead of trusting and depending on the Lord God, who had promised Abram, not just a seed, but an entire nation through him. Now Sarai is despised and complains to Abram and what is interesting to note is that she actually blames Abram that it is his fault that she is in the situation she is in – despised by her own servant girl. Furthermore, Sarai, drags the Lord into her situation, and seeks justice for what she rightfully had received. Abram does not get involved and lets Sarai deal with Hagar as Sarai pleased, and Sarai treats Hagar so harshly that Hagar flees from her mistress.

Points to ponder:
What can we learn from this? When we do not depend on the Lord God, we potentially put ourselves in a position where people can despise us. Are you and I depending on the Lord God or are we being despised by people. If it is the latter, it is highly likely that we are not doing the former. Depend on the Lord God.

Genesis 16:4-6 (KJV)
And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.
But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.