Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
Luke 1:26-42 is a very interesting account of a women who willingly rendered herself to God’s service, to God’s plan, to God’s program, and to God’s proposal. It challenges me when I read Mary’s humble response to
“Flight, or, according to others, stranger, an Egyptian, Sarah’s” “handmaid (Gen. 16:1; 21:9, 10), whom she gave to Abraham (q.v.)” as a secondary wife (16:2). When she was about to become a “mother she fled from the cruelty of her mistress, intending” “apparently to return to her relatives in Egypt, through the” “desert of Shur, which lay between. Wearied and worn she had” reached the place she distinguished by the name of “Beer-lahai-roi (“the well of the visible God”), where the angel” of the Lord appeared to her. In obedience to the heavenly “visitor she returned to the tent of Abraham, where her son” “Ishmael was born, and where she remained (16) till after the” “birth of Isaac, the space of fourteen years. Sarah after this” began to vent her dissatisfaction both on Hagar and her child. “Ishmael’s conduct was insulting to Sarah, and she insisted that” he and his mother should be dismissed. This was accordingly “done, although with reluctance on the part of Abraham (Gen.” “21:14). They wandered out into the wilderness, where Ishmael,” “exhausted with his journey and faint from thirst, seemed about” “to die. Hagar “lifted up her voice and wept,” and the angel of” “the Lord, as before, appeared unto her, and she was comforted” “and delivered out of her distresses (Gen. 21:18, 19).” “Ishmael afterwards established himself in the wilderness of “Paran, where he married an Egyptian (Gen. 21:20, 21).” “Hagar allegorically represents the Jewish church (Gal. 4:24), “in bondage to the ceremonial law; while “Sarah” represents the” “Christian church, which is free.”
“Or Hagarite. (1.) One of David’s mighty men (1 Chr. 11:38), the” son of a foreigner. “(2.) Used of Jaziz (1 Chr. 27:31), who was over David’s flocks. “A Hagarite had charge of David’s flocks, and an Ishmaelite of” “his herds, because the animals were pastured in districts where” “these nomadic people were accustomed to feed their cattle.” “(3.) In the reign of Saul a great war was waged between the “trans-Jordanic tribes and the Hagarites (1 Chr. 5), who were” overcome in battle. A great booty was captured by the two tribes “and a half, and they took possession of the land of the” Hagarites. “Subsequently the “Hagarenes,” still residing in the land on the “east of Jordan, entered into a conspiracy against Israel (comp.” Ps. 83:6). They are distinguished from the Ishmaelites.
Definition of Hagar: “a stranger; one that fears”
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