Runaway Genesis 16:7-16

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Big Idea: God leaves heaven to find His runaway children.

I.  He will FIND you where you’re at in your life. 7-8

7 Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8 He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”

A.  The Lord knows where you are at in life at every moment.

B.  The Lord knows who you are.

C.  The Lord knows what you’ve been through.

D.  He knows what and where you’re running from.

E.  He knows where you’re trying to get to.

II.  He will DIRECT you into His plan for your life. 9

9 Then the angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority.”

Restated: Knowing you have suffered, perhaps at the hands of those who call themselves His people, God challenges you to dare to trust again.

III.  He will BLESS you and CHANGE your life. 10-16

A.  He will bless 10-12

1.  Blessed with a fantastic destiny: the matriarch of a vast, innumerable ethnic group: the Ishmaelites 10

10 Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.”

2.  Blessed with Ishmael, her son 11-12

11 The angel of the LORD said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction.

His character qualities

  • untamable

12 “He will be a wild donkey of a man,

  • oppositional to all

 

His hand will be against everyone,

  • opposed by all

 

And everyone’s hand will be against him;

  • independent and alienated from family

 

And he will live to the east of all his brothers.”

B.  He will change your life 13-16

1.  A changed, deepened relationship with God: personal 13-14

 

13 Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

2.  A changed relationship with people: confident, independent 15-16

 

15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.

  • She would keep her child; name him, live with him—NOT Sarai!  God did not “sign-off” on the culturally acceptable practice of using Hagar as a surrogate, and so it appears that Hagar and Abram raised the boy.
  • Ishmael would be blessed mightily, loved by God and Abram.
  • Her descendants would be “too many to count”
  • Ishmael = “God hears” First time in the Bible that God names an unborn baby.
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