"Then Sarai said to Abram, 'You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.' 'Your servant is in your hands,' Abram said. 'Do with her whatever you think best.' Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her." NIV translation
Now, we begin to see the consequences of Abram's lapse in faith. Hagar despises Sarai and Sarai mistreats Hagar. It is this very thing that is at the heart of many of the problems our world faces today. This hatred will flow through their children and even grow worse as we get to our world today.
"Then the angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, 'Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?' 'I'm running away from my mistress Sarai,' she answered. Then the angel of the Lord told her, Go back to your mistress and submit to her.'" NIV translation
The Lord found Hagar as she was running away and told her to go back to her mistress.
We might ask ourselves why God would have her go back into such a bad situation. The answer, as we will see, is that God is not done with her and the son that she is carrying and, in fact, it is better for them to be there.
We may face some equally difficult times in our lives and wonder why God has us to remain in our situation. The answer, like that for Hagar, is that God has more to do with us where we are and it is for our own good.
"The angel added, 'I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count.' The angel of the Lord also said to her: 'You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.'" NIV translation
The Lord promised her that, through the son she was carrying, she would be blessed with many descendants. This promise has been fulfilled today as the Muslim people trace their heritage back to Ishmael. The Lord went on to predict the fact that Ishmael and his descendants would live in hostility to the Jews which is what we see in our world today.
"She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: 'You are the God who sees me,' for she said, 'I have now seen the One who sees me.' That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered. So hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael." NIV translation
Hagar met the One true God and she knew it. Out of obedience to Him, she went back and bore Abram a son which was named Ishmael. She must have told Abram what had happened out in the desert because, at that time, it was up to the man to pick the name for their children.