Abram gave Sarai permission to do with Hagar, Sarai’s handmaiden, as she pleased.
She made Hagar’s life miserable.
She treated Hagar harshly.
Hagar finally fled the situation.
Where did Hagar go?
We pick up the account…
Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur.
He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”
Then the angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority.”
Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.”
The angel of the LORD said to her further,
“Behold, you are with child,
And you will bear a son;
And you shall call his name Ishmael,
Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction.
“He 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 to the east of all his brothers.”
Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?”
Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
Let us take some time to look and consider.
Hagar had been given to a man.
Apparently she had no say in the matter.
She was then mistreated.
Who appears to her?
The Angel of the Lord!
He finds her by a spring in the wilderness.
A spring on the way to Shur.
Shur is on the way to Egypt.
“Shur” means “wall”.
Hagar had hit a wall.
The Angel of the Lord addressed it.
He called her by name - that might have awakened her attention.
He stated her position - Sarai’s maid.
He then asked two questions.
Two questions that we do well to consider for ourselves.
“Where have you come from”?
“Where are you going”?