“Woman Despised and Wronged…”

October 15, 2016

“Woman Despised and Wronged…”

Blessings folk!

Abram listened to his wife when she suggested that he raise up children for them through Hagar.

Gen 16:3-4

After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.

He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight.

Surprise, surprise.

Can you imagine that such a decision would result in family turmoil?

Sarai would think that “she was the problem”.
The enemy would be lying to her.

Therefore, Hagar was despised in the sight of Sarai.

“But”, one would say, “it was Sarai’s idea”.


The plans of man bring forth the fruit of the flesh rather than the fruit of righteousness.

But the “despising” went both ways.
Look at what Sarai says to Abram.

Gen 16:5

And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!”

Sarai considers the deed a “wrong”.
It was more than a physical deed for sake of procreation.
“I gave my servant to your embrace” connotes a fondness of relationship. Ongoing.
Now, Sarai believes that Hagar looks upon her with contempt. Judging.
Hagar did “look down” upon Sarai.
Hagar was fruitful where Sarai was not.

Sarai wanted the same type of wrong be done to Abram.
She was mad.

When the wife is not happy…