The story of Hagar and Ishmael – Conflict with Sarah in Genesis 16


Abraham has a wife called Sarah. At a time, Sarah was barren and didn’t bear him any children.

However, she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar.

One day, Sarah said to Abraham.

Now the Lord kept me from having children.

I will want you to have my slave as your concubine, sleep with her perhaps she will have a child for me.

Abraham Slept with Hagar

Abraham agrees and slept with Hagar.

Hagar became pregnant.

When she discovered she was pregnant

She became proud and disrespected Sarah.

This attitude grieved Sarah, and she said to Abraham;

It’s your fault that Hagar despises me.

I gave Hagar to you,

Ever since she found out she was pregnant,

she doesn’t respect me anymore.

Abraham said to his wife, Sarah;

She is your slave, do with her whatever you want.


Hagar runs away from Sarah

Sarah became cruel to Hagar that she ran away.

In the desert, an angel appeared to Hagar and said to her;

Where are you coming from, and where are you going?

Hagar replied I’m running away from my mistress because she is treating me so badly.

The Angel said, go back and be her slave.

I will give you so many descendants that nobody will be able to count them.

You will give birth to a Son,

He will be called Ishmael;

Because the Lord has heard your cry and distress.


The Angel said;

Your Son will leave like a wild donkey

So, what does it mean to leave like a wild donkey?

It means an outcast, someone who can’t be controlled, untrustworthy or someone regarded as part of a family.

Also, the angel said;

He will be against everyone, and everyone will be against him

He will live apart from his relatives

Hagar went back to Sarah and gave birth to Ishmael

Hagar went back to Sarah as a slave,

There she gave birth to Ishmael

At the time of her birth, Abraham was 86 years old.

This is the story of Hagar and Ishmael.


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What have you learned in this story? 

What is your take away?

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