Monday, September 28, 2015

Reflection - Sarah kicks her slave Hagar out of the house

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Posted by grantimusmax on June 22, 2014


Hagar and Ishmael in the desert, Luigi Alois Gillarduzzi 1851, oil on canvas
PHOTO: Hagar and Ishmael in the desert, Luigi Alois Gillarduzzi 1851, oil on canvas,
Luigi Alois Gillarduzzi (1822-1856)

"If you look closer, you will see the tears of helplessness . . . of both mother and son."
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Genesis 21:8-21
 8 The boy grew and stopped nursing. On the day he stopped nursing, Abraham prepared a huge banquet. 9 Sarah saw Hagar’s son laughing, the one Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham. 10 So she said to Abraham, “Send this servant away with her son! This servant’s son won’t share the inheritance with my son Isaac.



Abraham was 86 years old when Hagar bore him a son

PHOTO: Abraham was 86 years old when Hagar bore him a son and he did, indeed, name him Ishmael. Previously (in Chapter 15), the word of the Lord had come to Abraham that he would have descendants that would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. This was confirmed when three men visited their home and one prophesied that when they would return in a year’s time, Sarah would have a son. Because of her old age, Sarah laughed at the prophecy.
God fulfilled his promise, and Abraham named his son Isaac. We know that the Hebrew word for laughter is “Isaac.” Sarah’s laughter had turned to joy.
But Sarah sees Hagar's teenage son, Ishmael, teasing or making fun of her toddler Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Send this servant away with her son! This servant’s son won’t share the inheritance with my son Isaac.
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11 This upset Abraham terribly because the boy was his son. 12 God said to Abraham, “Don’t be upset about the boy and your servant. Do everything Sarah tells you to do because your descendants will be traced through Isaac. 13 But I will make of your servant’s son a great nation too, because he is also your descendant.14 Abraham got up early in the morning, took some bread and a flask of water, and gave it to Hagar. He put the boy in her shoulder sling and sent her away.



'The Expulsion of Hagar', Adrien van der Werfft

PHOTO: 'The Expulsion of Hagar', Adrien van der Werfft
Abraham got up early in the morning, took some bread and a flask of water, and gave it to Hagar. He put the boy in her shoulder sling and sent her away.
Painting by Adriaen van der Werff (1659 - 1722), which is located in Dresden's Old Masters Picture Gallery. The high rectangular picture shows the Old Testament scene with the beautiful slave girl Hagar in the center. Abraham sadly sent her and her son Ishmael from the threshold of his house into the desert. Behind Abraham is his wife Sarah and their son Isaac.
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'The Expulsion of Hagar', Adrien van der Werfft

PHOTO: 'The Expulsion of Hagar', Adrien van der Werfft
God said to Abraham, “Don’t be upset about the boy and your servant. Do everything Sarah tells you to do because your descendants will be traced through Isaac. But I will make of your servant’s son a great nation too, because he is also your descendant.
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She left and wandered through the desert near Beer-sheba. 15 Finally the water in the flask ran out, and she put the boy down under one of the desert shrubs. 16 She walked away from him about as far as a bow shot and sat down, telling herself, I can’t bear to see the boy die. She sat at a distance, cried out in grief, and wept.



The Banishment of Hagar and Ishmael , 1753–1753
PHOTO: The Banishment of Hagar and Ishmael , 1753–1753
God heard the boy’s cries, and God’s messenger called to Hagar from heaven. God opened her eyes, and she saw a well.
Painted by Claude Joseph Vernet (French, 1714–1789), Oil on Canvas

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17 God heard the boy’s cries, and God’s messenger called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “Hagar! What’s wrong? Don’t be afraid. God has heard the boy’s cries over there. 18 Get up, pick up the boy, and take him by the hand because I will make of him a great nation.” 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well.

She went over, filled the water flask, and gave the boy a drink. 20 God remained with the boy; he grew up, lived in the desert, and became an expert archer. 21 He lived in the Paran desert, and his mother found him an Egyptian wife.



Hagar and Ishmael Starve in Desert

PHOTO: Hagar and Ishmael Starve in Desert
God opened her eyes and she saw a well. She went over, filled the water flask, and gave the boy a drink.
Painted by carl bauerle, Engraved by W. Roffe
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Hebrews 11: 1-3
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

This story begins with a man named Abram who was told by God that, despite his old age and lack of children, he would father a great nation. Both Abram and Sarai were too old to have children. Human biology had spoken its last word on Sarai and Abram. And yet, God is telling them this promise, despite his old age and lack of children, he would father a great nation. It was enough for both of them to fall down laughing at God.

Nevertheless, they decided this crazy promise was better than living how and where they were, so they went with God on this adventure.

After wandering and waiting, Sarai got impatient, and reasonably so. She knew she couldn’t have kids. So what did she do? She decided that, because society states that birthright is decided through fatherhood, she’d just have her slave, an Egyptian named Hagar, bear this miracle child for her. Brilliant plan, no? Child is born, promise secured. Done and done. She was just thinking for her husband, and his dreams, being a supportive wife. Sarai had no idea that her own worst enemy would be herself.



Sarai has her slave, an Egyptian named Hagar, bear the miracle child for her

PHOTO: Sarai has her slave, an Egyptian named Hagar, bear the miracle child for her
Sarai had no idea that her own worst enemy would be herself.
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After the new child was conceived, Sarai suddenly had no respect for her slave Hagar. Apparently she figured out the flaw in her plan; now Hagar would get all the glory of God’s promise, not Sarai. She turned on her with the violence of a tornado, treated her with contempt and hatred, so much so that Hagar ran away from Sarai. She returns after a brief conversation with God, in which God reassures Hagar to not worry and that the promise will be kept, and all seems to be well.

Fast forward. God reestablishes the covenant, renaming Abram Abraham and Sarai Sarah. Sarah finally is able to conceive the child, whom they name Isaac (a clever pun in Hebrew which means “he laughed,” a reference to them laughing at God’s promises.) Sarah again becomes furious at Hagar and Ishmael, apparently for no reason, and throws them out for good.



'The Expulsion of Hagar', Adrien van der Werfft
PHOTO: 'The Expulsion of Hagar', Adrien van der Werfft
The quarrel was between the adults, not the children. Little Isaac offers his own cloak to his brother Ishmael as the older boy and his mother are ejected into the wilderness. Ishmael turns back not to his father Abraham but to his little brother.
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Hagar, already a slave, was forced to have a son with her master. Then, she was humiliated by her mistress because she did what she was forced to do. Hagar is completely and thoroughly mistreated throughout this entire story. Her situation was so bad, I have no regrets in saying that I really sympathize with. She’s talked into returning because God says “don’t worry, he’s going to have a nation like I promised.” She does return to her slavery, and finally is kicked out. Disaster comes back like a hurricane going back over its path. She’s alone. In the desert. She leaves her son by the roadside and waits, basically, for the two of them to die. Hagar has lost hope. The promise of Ishmael seems to all but have disappeared. Disaster has struck, and Hagar has lost her faith.



The painful story of Hagar and Ishmael
PHOTO: The painful story of Hagar and Ishmael
Hagar is kicked out. Disaster comes back like a hurricane going back over its path. She’s alone. In the desert. Hagar has lost hope.
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 'Hagar and Ishmael in the Desert', Jean-Charles Cazin

PHOTO: 'Hagar and Ishmael in the Desert', Jean-Charles Cazin
A mother and her son in the wilderness. The promise of Ishmael seems to have disappeared. Disaster has struck, and Hagar has lost her faith.
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God is always attentive to the voice of the one who has been rejected.

PHOTO: God is always attentive to the voice of the one who has been rejected. When, against all probability our prayers have been answered, then and especially then, we should know that God is looking past us to those whose prayers have not been answered, the unhappy, the unhealed, the rejected. Any triumphalism from those who believe they have experienced God’s favour (like Sarah) is not pleasing to God.
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Abraham and Sarah stop being these mythical, holy, untouchable Cecil B. DeMille-esque figures and become human. They are throwing out their slave for doing nothing but what she was told to do, all because of petty jealousy from Sarah and cowardice from Abraham. Why should we even look at this story? This seems to just be a dark chapter in our faith’s history, one we would like to sweep under the rug and forget about. But it’s because it is so dark and sad that I want to lift it up to you.

Life is never going to be easy, or light, or happy, or wonderful all the time. It’s going to have boring parts. It’s going to have sad parts. It’s going to have disaster, and mayhem, and anger, and tears. No life is without this, and that is why this story in Genesis calls out to us to remember it today. Rather, it’s the ending that calls to us.



Life is never going to be easy, or light, or happy, or wonderful all the time.
PHOTO: Life is never going to be easy, or light, or happy, or wonderful all the time. It’s going to have boring parts. It’s going to have sad parts. It’s going to have disaster, and mayhem, and anger, and tears. No life is without this.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Hagar (19th Century painting by Jean Michel Prosper Guérin)
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When Hagar loses all hope, all faith, and gives up on life, who else but God comes down to reassure her that all will be well? God’s messenger, the Angel of the Lord, the Voice of God, comes to her in person and tells her that famous thing that angels always say: Don’t be afraid. God hears you. Go back and get your son, because there’s a well just over that ridge. God hasn’t forgotten you. God hasn’t abandoned you. God is faithful, and your son is going to lead a great nation all on his own.



When Hagar loses all hope, all faith, and gives up on life, God comes down to reassure her that all will be well

PHOTO: When Hagar loses all hope, all faith, and gives up on life, God comes down to reassure her that all will be well
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So she listens. And sure enough, there was a well. They lived, and Ishmael led the nation of Ishmaelites and produced a whole dynasty. And Hagar should have known this all along. Despite all disaster and chaos, rejection and slavery, she should have known this. Why? Because of the name of her son. God hears. Ishmael means God hears. God hears your cries. God feels with you. God has not and will not ever abandon you. God is faithful to the end.

That is the faith that goes beyond everything. That is the faith that defines everything and anything we do as followers of Christ. Christ himself said that he would be with us, forever and unto the end of the age. As God is faithful, Christ is faithful, through even the worst of disasters. You could lose everything, and still God would be with you.



Christ himself said that he would be with us, forever and unto the end of the age.

PHOTO: Christ himself said that he would be with us, forever and unto the end of the age. As God is faithful, Christ is faithful, through even the worst of disasters. You could lose everything, and still God would be with you.
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If I told you that I was going to give away ten thousand dollars in cash to everyone here this evening and instructed you to meet me in the parlor after the service, what kind of thoughts would run through your mind? Likely, you’d wonder what I was really up to. You might also have grave doubts because if you know anything at all about me, you know that I could not possibly come up with that kind of money. If you bothered to show up in the parlor after church, it would probably be out of curiosity and to see how I would manage to talk myself out of this one. Surely no one here would have any real expectation (and rightly so) of receiving ten thousand dollars from my hand to yours.

However, what if Bill Gates showed up at our humble church service and made the same kind of promise? What kinds of thoughts might go through your mind upon hearing his promise? No doubt, many of you here would not even wait for the service to end before rushing off to the Fellowship Hall and forming a line. You’d be filled with expectation and anticipation. Why? You may not be able to guess at his motives, but you would have no doubt that Bill Gates has the ability to make good on his promise.



Psalm 18:1-2.

PHOTO: Psalm 18:1-2. This verse is so beautiful. This is a reminder that when you walk with God, he walks with you, and he brings you into the light. He makes your life light and his promise is the only true one. He is peace in the storm and light in the darkness. He restores your soul with greater joy and happiness. You are his son, you are his daughter. And you are beautiful.
Look to the Lord in times of need; Look to the Lord in times of hope; Look to the Lord in times of sadness; Look to the Lord in times of happiness.
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So it is with God. God makes good on his promises. Over and over again, God makes good on God’s promises. Without a doubt, God has always had faith in us, even when we lose faith in God. God puts up on the God end of the bargain, and has the ability to back it up. It’s up to us to have a faith that matches God’s. It’s up to us to have faith beyond anything. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, amen.

Reflection - Sarah kicks her slave Hagar out of the house
Posted by grantimusmax on June 22, 2014



Hagar And ishmael Flee
PHOTO: Hagar And ishmael Flee
Genesis tells us Abraham conceived a son with his slave, Hagar, and when his wife also gave birth to a son, she compelled him to banish the slave. Her son. Ishmael, is considered the progenitor of the Arabic people, and is revered in the Koran.
Painting by Van Arno
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独木桥 (dú ​mù ​qiáo) - Lone bridge

无限的恨悠悠 - Non ending of continued hatred
wú​ xiàn dí hèn yōu ​yōu

你丢下我就走 - You abandon me and left
nǐ diū​ xià wǒ jiù zǒu

留下我空守独木桥
- Leave me alone on the lone bridge
liú ​xià wǒ kōng shǒu dú​ mù​ qiáo

你走上阳光道 - You embark on Sunshine Road (to happiness)
nǐ zǒu shàng yáng​ guāng dào

无限的相思愁
- Non ending of Lovesickness and Worry
wú​ xiàn dí xiāng sī chóu

又伤了我心头 - And yet hurt my heart
yòu shāng liǎo wǒ xīn​ tóu

我求你说一声再见 - I beg you to say one (last) goodbye
wǒ qiú nǐ shuō yī​ shēng zài​ jiàn

你当作没听到 - You pretend not to hear
nǐ dàng ​zuò méi tīng ​dào

过去那些甜蜜难道你已忘记 - Don't tell me, you have already forgotten those happy moments of the past
guò ​qu nà​ xiē tián​ mì nán​ dào nǐ yǐ wàng ​jì

不然你怎么不说对不起 - Otherwise, how can you not say sorry
bù ​rán nǐ zěn​ me bù ​​shuō duì ​bu ​qǐ

既然你不珍惜过去我也不会再求你 - Since you do not cherish the past, I will not beg you again
jì ​rán nǐ bù zhēn xī guò ​qu wǒ yě bù ​huì zài qiú nǐ


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Reference

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Genesis 21:8-21 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+21%3A8-21&version=NIV

Hebrews 11: 1-3 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+11%3A+1-3&version=NIV

Psalm 18:1-2 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+18%3A1-2&version=NIV