Hagar from „Women of the Bible“
A slave, married to Abraham she became proud, but because of being proud God´s punishment was big. When she listened God´s voice she followed immediately and she got the prediction that her son would be the father of many.
Who was Hagar? She was an Egyptian woman, who could be possibly a gift from Pharao while Abraham and Sara were hiding in Egypt. Then Hagar was a close slave from Sara, as Sara chooses her to be the birth mother of the predicted Son, Abraham and Sara should have. Of course this action caused a spiritual desaster. After Hagar realized that she actually was pregnant, she began to put herself higher up on Sara, while this led Sara to treat her not well at all. So one day Hagar was desperate about her situation and how Sara treated her she runaway straight into the desert. She wasn’t too far, when she heard a voice calling her „Hagar, Slave of Sara, where are you from and where are you going? Go back to your master and stay being her Slave“ but as to soften this, it was followed by „You will give birth to a son. Call him Ismael, as the Lord has listened how you are suffering“ After this, there was no concerning or struggling inside Hagar, she returned back to Abraham and Sara, because God calmed the storm inside her heart like a spring in a desert oasis.
Ismael means „God hears“
Hagar, a young woman, used as a slave, brought far away from her hometown to serve her masters, pregnant with her first child, abandoned into desert after her son was about 16 years old.
In all this time and after this still, God never left her, God always saw her pain, her struggling and God heard her Sons voice. And Gods promise, that her son will be the father of many people stayed true, as Ismael is the father of our Arabic-Muslim brothers and sisters.
Refering to the book The Benjamin Generation written by Joseph Prince and the Bible, Hagar symbolize one Mountain – Sinai in Arabia, same as Sara does. Both women symbolize the union with God.
„Tell me, you who want to be in subjection to the system that results from perverting the Torah into legalism, don’t you hear what the Torah itself says? 22 It says that Avraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and one by the free woman. 23 The one by the slave woman was born according to the limited capabilities of human beings, but the one by the free woman was born through the miracle-working power of God fulfilling his promise. 24 Now, to make a midrash on these things: the two women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai and bears children for slavery — this is Hagar. 25 Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Yerushalayim, for she serves as a slave along with her children. 26 But the Yerushalayim above is free, and she is our mother; 27 for the Tanakh says,
“Rejoice, you barren woman who does not bear children!
Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor!
For the deserted wife will have more children
than the one whose husband is with her!”[a]28 You, brothers, like Yitz’chak, are children referred to in a promise of God. 29 But just as then the one born according to limited human capability persecuted the one born through the Spirit’s supernatural power, so it is now. 30 Nevertheless, what does the Tanakh say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for by no means will the son of the slave woman inherit along with the son of the free woman!”[b]31 So, brothers, we are children not of the slave woman, but of the free woman.“ Galatians 4, 21-31 CJB
Hagar symbolize the flesh = as her son was planned by human.
„Thus, those who identify with their old nature cannot please God.“ Romans 8,8
„God heard the boy’s voice, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What’s wrong with you, Hagar? Don’t be afraid, because God has heard the voice of the boy in his present situation.“
B’resheet (Gen) 21:17 CJB
Hagar in our time? What would she be like? Maybe a young mother or mother to be who is also struggling with life and situations others put her through without her even asking. How many are singles, single mothers, seeking for love, understanding and acceptance? How many try and work on their life to be successful while their heart is cracking and falling apart because the fact is, they can’t do it all alone – what they need is our Heavenly Father, who is watching over them, willing to help, but we have one tiny task to do first – we need to ask for help. God will help, no matter what situation you are in, he will never leave your side and he will always be there for you, as long as you ask him to. God will never force you to ask, or accept or even talk to him, but he wants you to want it yourself, because God loves you so much, he doesn’t want to see you suffer, he doesn’t want you to be in pain, but because of our free will he can’t interfere with our path we want to be in. As soon as we realize and accept that we need God and ask him to be there he definitely will! And that is a promise! A promise God himself made for all of us! So the story in the Bible included 3 main people first, Abraham father of many people, Jews, Christians and Muslims, Sara mother of Jews and Christians and Hagar, a slave and mother of Ismael, father of Muslims. And God was with all of them, God showed mercy, God corrected their path (called them back), heard her suffer, kept his promise.
Hagar, mother of Ismael is a very interesting woman, back in the past I already thought about her, her life, her struggling, her pain and her relationship with God. Although she came from Pharao in Egypt, she heard Israels God, not once- twice! And she listened. She showed obedience without questioning and she faced all the struggles, but because God was with her.
Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts about Hagar.