Hagar, Sarai and
Bible Study Lessons ....
An easy word to say but a tough one to live out. We
find this in the life of Sarai and in our own
Sarai gave Hagar to
because she was unwilling to wait for God to
fulfill His promise to her.
The promise of a son. So
spawns the saga of Hagar and Ishmael - read on
Abram Gets Hagar
& a Son
Abrams wife had borne him no children, and
she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar.
So Sarai said to Abram,
Now behold, the Lord has prevented me from
Please go in to my maid;
perhaps I will obtain children through
And Abram listened to the
voice of Sarai.
After Abram had lived ten
years in the land of Canaan, Abrams wife
Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and
gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.
He went in to Hagar, and
she conceived; and when she saw that she had
conceived, her mistress was despised in her
sight. - Genesis
It would seem strange to most
people today for a woman to give another wife to
But, looking at the customs
of the people of Abram's time, a woman without
heirs (especially male heirs) was left to
begging or prostitution to support herself if the
husband died. She was
forced to produce a male heir in any way she could.
Hence, Hagar, the
The story here is one of
faith, or the lack of it. Sarai did not truly
promise to give a child
to her and to Abram.
She became impatient, or
scared and took matters into her own hands as they
were both growing old.
How often do we ask God for
something and then not truly believe He can
Do we grow impatient as Sarai
When this happens, problems
arise because we take over God's responsibility.
Instead of letting Him work in our lives, we decide
we can do a better job ourselves.
Remembering a Man of
There is a man I remember
fondly who was a pillar of our church for decades.
His name was Roy Barnes. I'm sure you have someone
you know who fits this description - a true
Mr. Barnes was always a
minister of Christ everywhere he went - though his
singing talents and the way he lived his
I can hear Roy say to us now;
"God is in control."
I can't add anything more to
Love in Christ
If you have never made the
decision to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
Read Today's Passage
American Standard Bible
King James Version
Verses about Sarai, Hagar and Ishmael
are from New American Standard Bible & New King
James Version - Lessons from Life Application Study
Bible: NIV - Passage above credited to Lockman