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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.
Sermon on Genesis 16:1-14 by Pastor Dan Hendley
Sometimes the stories we find in the Bible shame us. What a mess! How can we look at some of the awful things done in the name of God and not be appalled? But then we realize that we came to the Bible in a wrong mindset. And the only redeeming quality in all of this world is, in fact, the One who created it, not the ones who live on it. Let's look to Him...and the cares of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.
This Study covers chapter 16 of Genesis, and considers the crisis of emotion and faith in terms of Sarai's barren-ness, and the outcome of that in this chapter. We consider the response by Sarai, and Hagar being found of God, and consequently what we can know about the nature of God. We consider how today's culture is so different from the culture then, that at the least saw God's hand in all events. We close in considering with the question: To what extent should we discouraged or encouraged by the way society is today?
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.