Chapter 16 begins the story of Isaac and Ishmael, a story that has affected many people throughout history.
Abram and Sarai had been living in Canaan for ten years. They were up in years and had no children. They grew impatient for a child and an heir to Abram. They did not want to wait upon the Lord to do His mighty work. Sarai had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar. Sarai told her husband, Abram, to sleep with Hagar and give them a child.
Very bad feelings developed between Hagar and Sarai when Hagar became pregnant. Hagar had done something that Sarai couldn't do. Sarai began to mistreat Hagar, so Hagar fled into the desert.
While Hagar was in the desert, the angel of the Lord appeared to her and told her to return to her mistress. He said that God would bless her baby and that her descendants would be too numerous to count! He told Hagar to name the baby Ishmael. The angel also told her the baby 'will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand will be against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers” (vv. 11-12).
Verse 16 tells us that Abram was eighty-six years old when Ishmael was born.
This chapter teaches a very important lesson that is relevant to us today. Abram and Sarai loved God and, for the most part, did what God told them to do except in this situation. In their own eyes and understanding they did not see how God could bless them with a child at their age, so they tried to get a child through Sarai's maidservant, Hagar. They did not consider the possible consequences of their actions. As we will learn in the next few chapters, God later blessed them with their own child, who also became great.
Today in our 'hurry up” society we need to slow down a little and take everything to our Lord in prayer and allow Him to work in our lives. He listens to our prayers, and He has the answers to all our problems. Just as He cared about Abram and Sarai's problems, He always cares about our problems. Our God is a loving God, and He has sent His Holy Spirit to be our comforter and to be with us through everything.
Give the Lord the opportunity to grant you the wishes of your heart. Give all your problems and worries to God and wait on Him for the answers you need.
Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.
Genesis 16 Worksheet
The story of Isaac and _______ has affected many people throughout history.
Sarai told Abram to sleep with _____, her Egyptian maidservant, and give them a child (16:2).
Very bad feelings developed between Hagar and Sarai when Hagar became ________.
'Sarai said to Abram, 'You are responsible for the _____ I am suffering'” (16:5).
''Your _______ is in your hands,' Abram said. 'Do with her whatever you think best'” (16:6).
Then Sarai began to mistreat Hagar, so Hagar fled into the ______ (16:6).
While Hagar was in the desert, the _____ of the Lord appeared to her (16:7).
He also said that God would so increase her descendants that they would be too numerous to _____!
He told her the baby 'will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand will be against him, and he will live in _________ toward all his brothers” (16:12).
This chapter teaches a very important lesson that is ________ to us today.
Abram and Sarai did not see how God could bless them with a child at their age, so they took matters into their own hands. They did not consider the possible ___________ of their actions.
Just as God cared about Abram and Sarai's ________, He always cares about our ________.
Give all your problems and worries to God and ____ on Him for the answers you need.
Memory Verse: 'Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).
Go to the Word
Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
Genesis 16:15 Genesis 16:13 Genesis 16:8 Genesis 16:2
Genesis 16:11 Genesis 16:7 Genesis 16:3 Genesis 16:4
'So Hagar bore _____ a son, and _____ gave the name Ishmael to the son Genesis ______
'The angel of the ____ found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the Genesis ______
spring that is beside the road to Shur.”
'So after Abram had been living in ______ ten years, Sarai his wife took her Genesis ______
Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.”
''I'm _______ away from my mistress Sarai,' she answered.” Genesis ______
''You are now with _____ and you will have a son. You shall name him Genesis ______
'She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: 'You are the God who Genesis ______
''The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maid- Genesis ______
servant; perhaps I can build a ______ through her.'”
'He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, Genesis ______
she began to despise her ________.”