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Hagar and the Angel
Abraham, Sarah and Ishmael

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What Came Before
After Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, Abraham moved his tent and his camp away from that part of the land, and went to live near a place called Gerar, in the southwest, not far from the Great Sea. And there at last, the child whom God had promised to Abraham and Sarah was born, when Abraham his father was a hundred years old.

They named this child Isaac, as the angel had told them he should be named. And Abraham and Sarah were so happy to have a little boy, that after a time they gave a great feast to all the people, in honor of the little Isaac.

You remember the story about Sarah's maid Hagar, the Egyptian woman, and how she ran away from her mistress, and saw an angel by a well, and afterward came back to Sarah, and had a child whose name was Ishmael. So now there were two boys in Abraham's tent, the older boy, Ishmael, the son of Hagar, and the younger boy, Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah.

Ishmael did not like the little Isaac, and did not treat him kindly. This made his mother Sarah very angry, and she said to her husband, "I do not wish to have this boy Ishmael growing up with my
son Isaac. Send away Hagar and her boy, for they are a trouble to me."

Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, "What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation."
Genesis 21

Hagar in the Wilderness, Giovanni Tiepolo
Hagar in the Wilderness
Giovanni Tiepolo, 1726
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Abraham felt very sorry to have trouble come between Sarah and Hagar, and between Isaac and Ishmael, for Abraham was a kind and good man, and he was friendly to them all.

Hagar and Ishmael and the Angel by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Hagar and Ishmael
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Hagar and Ishmael by Jean Charles Cazin
Hagar and Ishmael
Jean Charles Cazin, 1880
Hagar in the Wilderness by Jean Baptiste Camille Corot
Hagar in the Wilderness
Jean Baptiste Camille Corot 1835

But the Lord said to Abraham, "Do not be troubled about Ishmael and his mother. Do as Sarah has asked you to do, and send them away. It is best that Isaac should be left alone in your tent, for he is to receive everything that is yours. I the Lord will take care of Ishmael, and will make a great people of his descendants, those who shall come from him."

Hagar in the Wilderness by Giovanni Lanfranco Royalty Free Images
Hagar in the Wilderness
Giovanni Lanfranco, 1620

So the next morning, Abraham sent Hagar and her boy away, expecting them to go back to the land of Egypt, from which Hagar had come. He gave them some food for the journey, and a bottle of water to drink by the way. The bottles in that country were not like ours, made of glass. They were made from the skin of a goat, sewed tightly together. One of these skin bottles Abraham filled with water, and gave to Hagar.

And Hagar went away from Abraham's tent, leading her little boy. But in some way she lost the road, and wandered over the desert, not knowing where she was, until all the water in the bottle was used up; and her poor boy, in the hot sun and the burning sand, had nothing to drink. She thought that he would die of his terrible thirst, and she laid him down under a little bush; and then she went away, for she said to herself, "I cannot bear to look at my poor boy suffering and dying for want of water."

And just at that moment, while Hagar was crying, and her boy was moaning with thirst, she heard a voice saying to her, "Hagar, what is your trouble? Do not be afraid. God has heard your cry, and the cry of your child. God will take care of you both, and will make of your boy a great nation of people."

It was the voice of an angel from heaven; and then Hagar looked, and there close at hand was a spring of water in the desert. How glad Hagar was, as she filled the bottle with water, and took it to her suffering boy under the bush.

After this, Hagar did not go down to Egypt. She found a place near this spring, where she lived and brought up her son in the wilderness, far from other people. And God was with Ishmael, and cared for him. Ishmael grew up in the Arabian desert where to this day his people have never been ruled by any other people. So Ishmael came to be the father of a great nation, and his descendants, the Arabs, are living unto this day in that land, just as the Jews, who are the descendants of Isaac, are living in their land, Israel.

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