Week 2  Day 3

There's a promise on the table
God had said Abram would have descendants
      yet it has not happened
The years are passing
      God is too slow
 
Sarai is a woman of action; she can get things done
      and she does get Abram a son
      in this story of
      surrogate motherhood

But when her actions bring on
      some undesirable consequences
      Sarai does not take responsibility
Instead she plays the blame game
      laying it squarely on Abram's shoulders.

 
God may be slow
      but Hagar found God's eyesight
      to be very keen
She was somewhat amazed
      that the God of her master
      would be her God too
      and that God's eyes and heart act together.

                                         GOD'S PROMISE 
             A childless old man shall be father of nations!

                                        Genesis 15 & 16

    1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram
in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your
shield,
your exceedingly great reward."   2But Abram said,
"Lord God,
what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and
the heir of
my house is Eliezer of Damascus?   You have
given me no
offspring; indeed one born in my house is my
heir!"

    4The word of the Lord came to him, "This one shall not be
your heir, but one from your own body shall be your heir."
5He brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven;
count the stars if you are able to number them.  So shall
your descendants be."   6Abram believed in the Lord, and 
the Lord accounted it to him for righteousness.
    1Now Sarai had borne him no children.  And she had an
Egyptian maidservant named Hagar.  2So Sarai said to
Abram, "The Lord has restrained me from bearing children.
Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by
her."  Abram heeded Sarai.  3Then Sarai took Hagar her
maid and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife,
after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan.
4He went in to Hagar, and she conceived.  When she had
conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes.
    5Then Sarai said to Abram, "My wrong be upon you!
I gave my maid into your embrace; and now I am despised
in her eyes. The Lord judge between you and me."  6So
Abram said, "Your maid is in your hand; do to her as you
please."  When Sarai dealt harshly with her, Hagar fled.
    7Now the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of
water in the wilderness.  8He said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid,
where have you come from, and where are you going?"
She said, "I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai."  9The
Angel said, "Return to your mistress, and submit to her."
10Then the Angel said, "I will multiply your descendants
exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.
    11"Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has
heard your affliction.  12He shall be a wild man; his hand
shall be against every man, and every man's hand against
him.  And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."
13She called the name of the Lord, You-are-the-God-Who-
Sees; for she said, "Have I also seen him who sees me?"
                            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV 

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