-So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her Egyptian maid, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her husband Abram to be his [secondary] wife. And he had intercourse with Hagar, and she became pregnant; and when she saw that she was with child, she looked with contempt upon her mistress and despised her.-
I pray that Your Christmas was filled with Joy and the Love of Christ!!
I have certainly enjoyed this Christmas Season, spending time with my Family and Friends, and I am looking forward to the New Year, 2015!!
Today, We will finally, take a peak into the the relationship between Abram and Sarai, as they walked on their Spiritual Journey with God. – Genesis 16.
Life was not so easy for them, as Husband and Wife. And so We will get a bird’s eyeview of the internal chaos in the marriage and home of Sarai and Abram…as We see how…
Sarai blames👉 Abram…AND
Abram blames👉 Sarai
As Abram and Sarai waited impatiently for the manifestation of their promised child, they lost faith in the Almighty God and decided that they should probably give Him a little assistance.
In her impatience to become a mother, Sarai was deceived and began believing that God had meant for Abram to father a child by another wife, besides herself.
Sarai believed that because of her age, she could not physically and biologically bear a child at the age of 75.
She had also believed, that if Abram could “know” a substitute wife…with the aid of a little Viagra…they could make a baby…Lol!!
And Sarai would finally become a mother.
Well, Sarai had a maid that she had brought back with her, from out of Egypt.
Her name was Hagar and Sarai had decided that she could stand as the substitute wife…and as the Viagara to her 85 year old husband, Abram.
So Sarai introduced the idea to her husband, who came in…and looked at his ‘little blue pill,’ Hagar…and instantly agreed to help God fulfill the promise, without any additional persuasion.
So of course the story tells us that after Hagar conceived, she began to despise Sarai.
Hagar had suddenly, forgotten her position in the household.
She believed that she was ‘All That!!’…As she was deceived into believing that her new status, as wife to Abram, would cause him to leave Sarai because she was the dried-up, old, and barren wife…where she (Hagar) was the fresh, fertile…and now, pregnant, new wife.
I can imagine that Hagar began to
to get a little sassy with her mistress…smart mouthing Sarai and neglecting her household chores and responsibilities.
Maybe Hagar just walked about the house, provoking Sarai, by continually rubbing her swollen belly, referring to the kicking infant, as ‘Little Abe.’
Maybe she began teasing Sarai because Abram was sleeping more nights in Hagar’s bedroom, as wife #2…than the nights he slept with Sarai, depriving her of her rights as the primary wife.
Well, whatever it was that Hagar said or did, Sarai was thoroughly fed up!! Hagar had successfully provoked Sarai to her breaking point and this 75 year old woman, Sarai took hold of Hagar, and…
Beat Her Down!!
So Here’s the Blame Game…
-Then Sarai said to Abram, May [the responsibility for] my wrong and deprivation of rights be upon you.-
When Hagar got out of hand, Sarai faulted Abram, placing the blame on him for being so agreeable with her plan to impregnate Hagar. Sarai became jealous and enraged with Hagar’s contemptuous attitude, and pointed the finger at Abram.
Abram played along, blaming Sarai for not controlling Her maid!!
-But Abram said to Sarai, See here, your maid is in your hands and power; do as you please with her. And when Sarai dealt severely with her, humbling and afflicting her, she [Hagar] fled from her.-
He reminds Sarai that it was HER idea!!
He goes on to remind Sarai…that Hagar was HER maid and that Hagar had been under HER (Sarai’s) hand…HER authority and HER power…all along.
He tell’s Sarai, to take Control of the Matter!!
That’s when Sarai beat Hagar…
Hagar was hurt and afraid, as she ran away…fleeing from Sarai’s jealousy and her wrath into the wilderness.
But the Angel of the Lord redirected Hagar and sent her back to Sarai, to behave and humble herself before The Mistress of the Household.
Who Was the Deceiver??
It was the Serpent, Satan!!
Sarai, like Eve, in the Garden of Eden, allowed the Serpent to whisper in her ear, asking her…
Did Not God promise that Abraham is going to father a child??…
But see Now…how God has restrained you from bearing a child, (as mentioned in Verse 16:2)…Suggesting that she find another wife to bear the child and fulfill the covenant.
And so again…like Eve, Sarai introduces this sinful idea to her husband, who like Adam…needs no additional persuasion to partake.
I believe that just like Adam and Eve…Abram and Sarai desired to be more like God and desired to have more control over their destiny, instead of waiting for God’s timing…and so often, We find Ourselves in a similar predicament!!
As We grow impatient, while waiting on God, the devil comes in to plant his seeds of doubt and unbelief!!
He tells Us that God is not going to come through…that He will not fullfill the promise…and We find Ourselves asking…
How Long God??
Oh, God…Did You Forget Me??
All the while…the devil continues lying to Us, telling Us that God’s promises and His plans are not for Us!!
So We lose Faith in the Promise…and put our human hands to work, attempting to help God!!
But God doesn’t need our help, nor does He care for Our expressions of doubt and unbelief!!
He wants us to stay in faith…believing that His Word is True and Everlasting…and that His promises are still for Us and for Our descendants!!
God is still Working on Your Behalf!!
-God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
Has he ever promised and not carried it through?-
If God spoke It…He will bring it to pass!!
So Who Will You Believe???
Will You Believe Our God, Who is Faith-Full??
Will You Believe that lying Serpent??
Scripture tells Us…
-He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false (Jn 8:44)
No matter what lies the devil has been whispering in Your ear, hold fast to God’s promises.
He Is Faith-Full and He WILL see You through…to the the very end!!
God Loves You!!
His Love is steadfast…unyielding, everlasting, uninterrupted, and continual towards Us!!
So press on in faith, believing on God’s promises…and Defeat doubt with God’s Written Word!!
Read Your Bible…and as You read through these life-changing stories, like Abram and Sarai…these stories WILL build your faith, as You battle with impatience, doubt, and unbelief on Your Spiritual Journey!!
-Yes, I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed it, and I will do it-
God Loves You and So Do I!!
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