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If you want to understand something about the intersection of race and religion in the world today, just read Genesis. It's a book that is chock full of ancient ethnography: stories that don't just tell us about individual heroes and heroines, but are intended to tell us about the relationships between different tribes and races of people. The story of Hagar is known by the three Abrahamic faiths, but it is told from very different perspectives by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, all of whom have different motives in telling it. The question is not "whose version is the right one?" The question is whether the differences in these stories can still point to the same God and testify to the same hope. Is there Truth here that is not just tribal, but also universal?
Mothers Day is just around the corner, and this week the kids learn the biblical stories about some of the great mothers that changed the course of history.
There are two women who are mentioned by name in Hebrews 11 as being women of incredible faith. Sarah is one of those names. She must have been some kind of super-saint, fearlessly pressing forward in the face of adversity, never backing down, and always trusting God. Right? A closer look reveals a completely different story. Sarah was afraid, insecure, prone to fits of rage, abusive, and in one instanced laughed at God and then tried to lie to Him about it. That means that if there was hope for Sarah, then there is hope for us too. The thing that made Sarah a name worth honoring for thousands of years is available to you and me, right now in this moment.
Here we find in this second part of three, that Hagar is in a place of total worship as she calls upon the Name of the Lord. And we realize that like Hagar we too should come in a state of total worship before our loving Heavenly Father
As Hagar encounters the Angel of the Lord, we see how this is a pre-incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ here in Genesis and how we back-up this belief through scriptures.
A look at how pride stops us from being humble, corrected and blessed through God's discipline. Secondly in the life of Sarai as she is found in the state of self-justification.
A look at how pride stops us from being humble, corrected and blessed through God's discipline. Firstly in the life of Hagar as she is found despising others.
All of us desperately and daily need the nurture of God's grace.