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Can You See HAGAR ?. Sarai’s Servant. Genesis 16:1-6 v. 1, Sarai is rich, free and barren. Hagar is single, poor, and bonded. v. 2-3, Hagar becomes a means to an end. “Perhaps I will be built up in her.” v. 4, Instead of being built up, Hagar “looked with contempt on her mistress.”

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Can You See HAGAR?


Sarai’s Servant

Genesis 16:1-6

  • v. 1, Sarai is rich, free and barren. Hagar is single, poor, and bonded.

  • v. 2-3, Hagar becomes a means to an end. “Perhaps I will be built up in her.”

  • v. 4, Instead of being built up, Hagar “looked with contempt on her mistress.”

  • v. 5-6, Sarai blames others for the consequence of her choice. “Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.”


Hagar Is Heard

Genesis 16:7-13

  • v. 7, First time in the Bible that an angel appears to a human.

  • v. 8a, First time anyone in the story speaks to Hagar, and she is even called by name!

  • v. 8b, First time that Hagar speaks in the story. She knows where she is from, not where she is going.

  • v. 9-12, Though commanded to return, Hagar’s pregnancy is blessed.

  • The name “Ishmael” means “God hears.”


Hagar Is Seen

  • v. 13, Hagar is the first person in the Bible to “name” the Lord. She calls Him “The God Who Sees Me.”

  • God is the only one in this story who dignifies Hagar as a human being made in His image.

  • “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”


The Second Exile

  • Genesis 21:8-21

  • After Isaac is born, the animosity of Sarah is broadened to include Ismael.

  • v. 10, “Cast out this slave woman with her son”

  • v. 11-13, Despite Abraham’s displeasure, God tells him to consent to Sarah. God will watch over Hagar and Ishmael.

  • v. 14, Once again, Hagar finds herself exiled and dismissed.


The Second Exile

  • v. 15-16, After the water runs out, Hagar weeps for her son.

  • v. 17, God hears her cries.

  • v. 18, God renews His promise.

  • v. 19, God “opens her eyes.”

  • v. 20, “And God was with the boy, and he grew up.”

  • God does not see merely “Sarai’s slave.”

  • God sees Hagar, and He cares for her.


If He Were a Prophet …

Luke 7:36-39

  • v. 36, Jesus set down to eat in the home of a Pharisee.

  • v. 37-38, A woman who was a “sinner” anoints the feet of Jesus and “wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.”

  • v. 39, The Pharisees overlook the extravagant act of love and see only Jesus coming into contact with a person who is a “sinner.”

  • v. 40-43, A short parable …


Do You See This Woman?

Luke 7:44-50

  • v. 44a, “Do you see this woman?”

  • When Sarai looked at Hagar, she saw a slave.

  • When the Pharisee looked at this woman, he saw a sinner.

  • Jesus asks, “Do you see this woman?”

  • Are we able to see and appreciate the lost, the needy, the downtrodden, and those considered to be the “least among us”?


Do You See This Woman?

  • v. 44b-46, This woman who many despised showed great love to Jesus where others had been merely “polite.”

  • v. 47, Jesus sees her plight, her sin, and her love. He offers forgiveness to this woman though many could not even see her.

  • v. 48, Jesus addresses her directly. He treats her as a person. He sees her.

  • v. 49-50, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”

  • He is the God who sees.


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