Genesis 16: The Consequences of Disobedience

*These notes come from Bob Deffinbaugh’s study on Genesis 16 at
  • Abram, Sarai, and Hagar all sinned individually
    • Sarai (initiated the sin/events)
      • probably felt personally responsible for the absence of the promised son so she took action because of her perceived impossibility
        • scripture/God’s plan provided no evidence for it being her duty to devise the production of the son
    • In the Bible polygamy is always accompanied by conflict and competition
    • Abram
      • Hagar was probably from Pharaoh’s dowry for Sarai
      • Sarai’s proposal was only possible because of Abram’s fears/distrust when entering Egypt
      • Passive
    • Hagar
      • pride toward Sarai
  • God seems to have stepped aside to let men live with the consequences of disobedience
  • God instructed Hagar to tend to her duty even if it was unpleasant
    • marriages end in divorce today because people run from their duty when it is no longer easy
  • Ishmael is a parody to Abraham
  • Union with Hagar was an attempt to accomplish God’s work with the world’s methods
    • God does not need our help
  • Unbelief focuses on the problems

*Link to study on the rest of the chapters in Genesis


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