Sermon notes from November 3, 2013, Pastor Eric Watkins

These are notes that I took during the sermon, not Eric’s actual notes.

Genesis 16:7-16

Phil. 2:1-11

The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” And the angel of the LORD said to her,

“Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the LORD has listened to your affliction. He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”

So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered.

And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

Him Who Looks After Me

(My comments are italicized.)

From this narrative we can learn that we must submit ourselves to God’s providence. We are reminded to trust God and to wait upon Him.

The summary of the story of Abram, Sarai and Hagar, in a nutshell is, ‘sometimes we want a good thing but we go about it in the wrong way’. After all Abram had been waiting for the promised son for 10 years.

There was enough blame to share between the three. So after Hagar holds Sarai with contempt then she mistreats a pregnant Hagar. Hagar flees.

God finds her, calls her by name, and tenderly deals with her.

God instructs her to return and submit to the one who mistreats her. Submission is not the easy thing to do but it is the right thing. But how often I have failed to submit to God’s providence in my life.

The real issue for Hagar, as with any mother, is the welfare of her child. God addresses the issue and assures her the child is not only going to be born but he is going to multiply her offspring.

Ishmael means “God hears”. God’s common grace falls on both the good and the evil. I might add it is God’s goodness, his kindness that leads sinners to repentance.

Now keeping Phil 2:1-11 in mind and addressing this submission.

Hagar is a servant by design. Christ is a servant willingly and voluntarily. Phil 2:7

The Son submitted to God’s wrath and the mistreatment of man.

Jesus perfectly submitted. He submitted to God’s plan and providence.

The God who sees, fixes. Just like Abram, Sarai and Hagar, we are proud, impatient and foolish.

Where there is submission to God there is freedom!


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