Women of the Bible: Hagar

Women of the Bible ~ Hagar (Seen by God)

When we first meet Hagar, she is in the service of Sarai and Abram. Hagar is Egyptian and may have been acquired by them while they were in Egypt during the famine.

Since Sarai was barren, she followed the cultural tradition of the time and offered Hagar to Abram in order to produce an heir. Hagar had no say in this decision and became pregnant in no time.

The pregnancy ignited a rivalry between Hagar and Sarai that resulted in extremely strained relations. With Abram’s blessing and indifference towards Hagar, Sarai became so abusive to Hagar that she ran away. Pregnant. Alone. To the desert. To die?

Hagar found her way to a spring in the desert. She would not die after all.

It was at the spring she met an angel of the LORD.

Hagar was comforted, encouraged, redirected back to Abram and Sarai, and promised a large family.

For the first time (in her life?), she felt “seen” and no longer “alone.”

This was a new experience for her. This encounter with the one, true God changed the trajectory of her life. She returned home and bore a son, Ishmael.

Hagar is highly revered in Islam as Mohammed traces his lineage straight back to her.

You can read Hagar’s story in Genesis 16. She is also alluded to in Galatians 4.


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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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