September 26, 2023 8:00 pm
Natalia went to a different nation with the promise of receiving an education. But soon the father in her new home began physically and sexually abusing her. He forced her to care for his home and children without pay. He refused to let her go outside or use the phone. She had become his slave.
Hagar was Abram and Sarai’s Egyptian slave. Neither one used her name. They called her “my slave” or “your slave” (Genesis 16:2, 5–6). They merely wanted to use her so they could have an heir.
How different is God! The angel of the Lord makes His first appearance in Scripture when He speaks to a pregnant Hagar in the desert. The angel is either God’s messenger or God Himself. Hagar believes He is God, for she says, “I have now seen the One who sees me” (v. 13). If the angel is God, He could possibly be the Son—the One who reveals God to us—making an early, preincarnate appearance. He says her name, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” (v. 8).
God saw Natalia and brought caring people into her life who rescued her. She’s now studying to become a nurse. God saw Hagar and called her by name. And God sees you. You may be overlooked or worse, abused. Jesus calls you by name. Run to Him.
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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.
I'm Mike Whitmer and today's devotional reading is entitled, God Calls Your Name. Hagar was Abram and Sarai's Egyptian slave. Neither one used her name. They called her my slave or your slave.
They merely wanted to use her so they could have an heir. How different is God? The angel of the Lord makes his first appearance in Genesis 16 when he speaks to a pregnant Hagar in the desert. The angel is either God's messenger or God himself. Hagar believes he is God for she says, I have now seen the one who sees me.
If the angel is God, he could possibly be the son, the one who reveals God to us, making an early, pre-incarnate appearance. He says her name. Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going? God saw Natalia and brought caring people into her life who rescued her.
She is now studying to become a nurse. God saw Hagar and called her by name. And God sees you. You may be overlooked or worse, abused. Jesus calls you by name.
Run to him. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Genesis chapter 16 verses 1 through 9 and verse 16. So after Abram had been living in Canaan 10 years, Sarai, his wife, took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me. Your slave is in your hands, Abram said.
Do with her whatever you think best. Then Sarai mistreated Hagar, so she fled from her. The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert.
It was a spring that is beside the road to shore. And he said, Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going? I am running away from my mistress Sarai, she answered. The angel of the Lord told her, Go back to your mistress and submit to her.
Abram was 86 years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael. Let's pray. Thank you Jesus for knowing our name. We know that you care. We rest in your love. In your name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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