Genesis Chapter 16
2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 16 Bible commentary...
Sarai gives Hagar to Abram. (1-3) Hagar's misbehaviour to Sarai. (4-6) The Angel commands Hagar to return, The promise to her Birth of Ishmael. (7-16)1-3 Sarai, no longer expecting to have children herself, proposed to Abram to take another wife, whose children she might; her slave, whose children would be her property. This was done without asking counsel of the Lord. Unbelief worked, God's almighty power was forgotten. It was a bad example, and a source of manifold uneasiness. In every relation and situation in life there is some cross for us to bear: much of the exercise of faith consists in patiently submitting, in waiting the Lord's time, and using only those means which he appoints for the removal of the cross. Foul temptations may have very fair pretences, and be coloured with that which is very plausible. Fleshly wisdom puts us out of God's way. This would not be the case, if we would ask counsel of God by his word and by prayer, before we attempt that which is doubtful.
4-6 Abram's unhappy marriage to Hagar very soon made a great deal of mischief. We may thank ourselves for the guilt and grief that follow us, when we go out of the way of our duty. See it in this case, Passionate people often quarrel with others, for things of which they themselves must bear the blame. Sarai had given her maid to Abram, yet she cries out, My wrong be upon thee. That is never said wisely, which pride and anger put into our mouths. Those are not always in the right, who are most loud and forward in appealing to God: such rash and bold imprecations commonly speak guilt and a bad cause. Hagar forgot that she herself had first given the provocation, by despising her mistress. Those that suffer for their faults, ought to bear it patiently, #1Pe 2:20|.
7-16 Hagar was out of her place, and out of the way of her duty, and going further astray, when the Angel found her. It is a great mercy to be stopped in a sinful way, either by conscience or by providence. Whence comest thou? Consider that thou art running from duty, and the privileges thou wast blest with in Abram's tent. It is good to live in a religious family, which those ought to consider who have this advantage. Whither wilt thou go? Thou art running into sin; if Hagar return to Egypt, she will return to idol gods, and into danger in the wilderness through which she must travel. Recollecting who we are, would often teach us our duty. Inquiring whence we came, would show us our sin and folly. Considering whither we shall go, discovers our danger and misery. And those who leave their space and duty, must hasten their return, how mortifying soever it be. The declaration of the Angel, "I will," shows this Angel was the eternal Word and Son of God. Hagar could not but admire the Lord's mercy, and feel, Have I, who am so unworthy, been favoured with a gracious visit from the Lord? She was brought to a better temper, returned, and by her behaviour softened Sarai, and received more gentle treatment. Would that we were always suitably impressed with this thought, Thou God seest me!
Lanne's Genesis Chapter 16 comment on 11/20/2014, 9:04pm...
Derek...True words you have spoken...Amazing it is to me that Ishmael became the Father of Islam and Isaac became the Father of Jews and Christianity. This must be the longest family feud in the history of man!
Carman's Genesis Chapter 16 comment on 11/05/2014, 7:40pm...
Habaakkuk 2 3 says it all. But Adam should 't have listened to Eve. Just as Abrahm Shouldn 't have listened to Sarai. Nevertheless God had a plan. AMEN.
Victor's Genesis Chapter 16 comment on 10/29/2014, 11:12pm...
if we rely on our own understanding and try to give solution in our own way, it will add only sorrow to it Genesis 16 1 5 . and that 's what Sarai did and made a mistake by not waiting upon the Lord Proverbs 3 5 7
Oyeyinka Abiola's Genesis Chapter 16 comment on 10/03/2014, 4:43am...
No matter how situation you are passing through this is telling us that we should bear it for some time and God will find the solution to it. You will overcome your problem IJN. Amen
Derek's Genesis Chapter 16 comment about verse 12 on 8/12/2014, 11:35am...
it appears that the state of unrest in the Middle East is directly related to this prophecy, as the modern day Arabs are direct descendants of Ishmael and when they are not fighting against when they are not fighting Israel they are fighting among themselves i
Joseph's Genesis Chapter 16 comment on 8/04/2014, 1:41pm...
Our earthly wisdom is nothing but foolishness in the sight of God. The moment we stop being spiritual, the carnal worldly fleshly man will rise up since we all know nature abhors vacuum. One moment of walking in the flesh can cause so much trouble and we need Grace to always stand by whatever God has promised through His Written Word or Rhema divine revelation . I Corinthians 1 25 says 'Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men. ' Romans 8 8 says 'So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God '. Lastly, Proverbs 3 5 6 encourages us to 'Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. '. That you made a mistake does not mean God cannot turn it around for good, after all Ishmael came from the loins of Abraham and if God had disallowed Hagar from conceiving for Abraham, there would have been no Ishmael, but God is the Governor of the Universe and nothing happens anywhere or anytime without His permission. He alone takes all the glory
AMEMSOR-DOE GIFTY's Genesis Chapter 16 comment on 1/06/2014, 3:27am...
IT PAYS TO WAIT UPON GOD.
FOR THE VISION IS YET FOR AN APPOINTED TIME, BUT AT THE END IT SHALL SPEAK AND NOT LIE: THOUGH IT TARRY, WAIT FOR IT; BECUSE IT WILL SURELY COME, IT WILL NOT TARRY.
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