I just completed an unexpectedly lengthy discussion on homosexuality which actually started with a discussion on who God really is. I started with Abraham to show that people actually saw God live and direct.  Abraham, his wife Sarah and other members of his household knew and worshipped God.

Astonishingly, Hagar, a female member of  Abraham’s household, also saw God live and direct. The  account of her life is found in Genesis 16.  She was Sarah’s maid. Sarah wanted her to become a surrogate mother since she herself was infertile. She therefore asked Abraham to marry the maid Hagar, so that he now became polygamous.

I must comment on this issue, since some may use this as an excuse for polygamy.  Abraham had been called out of his country and people who also practiced polygamy, as we later learnt from Jacob’s experience in the house of his uncle Laban. After living for ten years in Caanan, it seems that Sarah had been influenced by the lifestyles of the surrounding heathen nations and used her infertility as an excuse to justify the marriage between Abraham and Hagar:

And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife (Gen 16: 3).

We’ve got to be careful about ungodly influences since they produce disastrous results. Abraham himself later married Keturah after Sarah’s death, but this union produced some undesirable offspring (Gen 25: 1, 4). 

Well, Hagar quickly became pregnant and she despised Sarah. I can only imagine the hell that she put Sarah through. Did she curse Sarah and  demand Abraham’s full attention?  The conflict between the sisters Leah and Rachel may give us an idea of the hell that Sarah went through (Gen 29, 30).

Sarah had to put Hagar in her place, so she gave her hell in return, causing the maid to flee. Her acknowledgement of her sin in causing Abraham to marry another woman shows us that God never intended them to live like the heathen. In fact, God had already planned for Sarah to bear a child:

And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him (Gen 17: 19).

Please read the upcoming post.

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