Sunday, March 3, 2013

Genesis 16

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 16. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In this chapter we read about Abram’s first son. Sarai, Abram’s wife, told him to sleep with their maid to conceive a child.
  • You might be thinking it’s weird that Sarai would tell her husband to have sex with the maid... and you’d be right. Except back then, it was perfectly accepted because slaves were considered property, and conceiving a child through a slave was considered the owner’s legal offspring.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • See, Abram wasn’t the only one having a difficult time believing God would come through on his promise. We can understand why: they were both in their eighties and supposed to have a kid? Who wouldn’t have a difficult time trusting that would happen?
  • However, after getting pregnant, Hagar starts acting a little big-headed and comes to be despised by Sarai. If Hagar would have remembered her place, she would have probably been treated very well. But Sarai “mistreated” Hagar (i.e. she probably beat her) and so she ran away.
  • Then we read that Hagar gives God a new name after he cared for Sarai in the desert and promised her son a nation of his own. Hagar called God “El Roi,” which means “the God Who sees me.” This is the only time in the Bible God is called by this name.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • God sees us even in our most desperate moments. Hagar was pregnant, alone in the desert, literally dying of thirst, and God speaks to her. He lets her know that he sees it all and has a plan for her and her son’s life. So the obvious question is: What are you going through right now that you feel alone in? God sees you and your pain. Trust that God still has a plan for your life too. Take some time and talk to him about it. God takes pleasure in watching his followers and helping them through tough times in their lives.