Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hagar the Egyptian

It's pretty well understood that Abram leaving for Egypt because of the famine was the first act of disobedience. It was wrong. God said to go to Canaan, He didn't say anything about leaving it. Therefore Egypt was a point of failure.

Gen 12:10 "And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land."

But then, while in Egypt Pharaoh began blessing Abram, giving him all sorts of stuff because he loved Sarai "And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels."

Abram then leaves, but it seems, has now acquired a new servant: Hagar.

Genesis 16:1 "Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar." v3 "So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife."

Twice, Twice, the Scriptures call Hagar the Egyptian. I can't help but think this is Abram revisiting his failure in Egypt, compounding his error.

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