Last night our Wednesday Night Bible Study looked at the passage from Genesis 16 about Abram, Sarai, and Hagar. As I’ve considered the passage throughout the evening and into this morning, I wanted to take a few minutes and review it on our website. I hope it will be a blessing to you.
Verses 1-2: Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.
In this passage Sarai is imagining a world where sexual behavior can be somehow disconnected from the spiritual reality of sexual union. She wants Abram to take her servant, but not as a wife, only as a vessel for bearing children. She imagines that the child from this relationship will belong to her instead of Hagar, saying, “I shall obtain children by her.” She imagines that Hagar will remain a lowly servant even after bearing an heir to Abram’s great household. Central to her plan is the assumption that Abram and Hagar can lay down with each other without any impact to the actual relationships the three of them have with one another.
This is madness. Read More