Genesis 21: Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

June 21, 2023 ·

Summary:
Isaac is born and circumcised when Abraham is 100, and Sarah is filled with laughter. Sarah makes Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away. Abraham doesn’t want to, but God says it’s okay. God looks after Hagar and Ishmael in the desert, and Ishmael becomes an archer. Abraham makes a good-conduct treaty with Abimelech at Beersheba, and he plants a tree.

Key verses: 

  1. And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
  1. And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.

My thoughts:
God is faithful in His promise to Abraham, and Sarah gives birth to Isaac.

This is the second time God specifically comforts Hagar. The last time, she was kicked out because Sarah was jealous, and God encouraged her to return. This time, she was kicked out because Sarah was jealous again, but God allowed her to leave and permitted them to live in the desert. Despite simply being a maidservant, God cared immensely for Hagar and her son, Ishmael.

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