In this week’s Overlooked Women of the Bible post, I’m going to focus on Hagar, a woman with whom some may be slightly more familiar. I’m not going to summarize the story. If you want to know Hagar’s tale, find a Bible and read it. The Bible mentions her in the book of Genesis in chapter 16 and chapter 21, verses 1-21. Hagar was the female servant to Sarah, wife of the patriarch Abraham. According to Hagar: Her Story, Hagar may have been a gift from Pharaoh.
I understand that it was an accepted practice in Biblical times to offer a slave to one’s husband as a surrogate so that a barren woman could have children (in a sense.) However, I wonder about Hagar’s feelings in the situation. Did she simply view it as her duty? Did she weep or throw a fit? Did Sarah have to beat her into submission? That’s a reasonable question, considering Sarah kicked her and her son to the curb after Sarah bore Isaac.
Hagar’s story encourages me, though. Although Abraham listened to Sarah and forsook Hagar and his son, God did not. He provided life-sustaining water for Hagar and her son (Ishmael) and promised to make a great nation from Ishmael. And He kept His promise. Isn’t that an encouraging thought? If He fulfilled his promise to Hagar, then I firmly believe He will take care of me.
Check back next Sunday for another overlooked woman of the Bible.
~ The Holy Bible, New King James Version, e-edition, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
~ Hagar: Her Story