Hagar was the Egyptian slave of Sarai. Unable to conceive a child with her husband Abram, Sarai gave her slave Hagar to be his wife so that Abram could have a child. When Hagar became pregnant, Sarai became very jealous and treated her badly. Hagar fled to the desert. An angel of the Lord met Hagar by a spring and asked where she had come from, and where she was going. The angel told Hagar to return to Sarai and submit to her, followed by a promise that her descendants would be too many to number, and that she would have a son named Ishmael. Hagar then spoke to God and gave him the name El ROI, the God who sees me. She had seen and was seen by God.
After Hagar returned and gave birth to Ishmael, some time had passed. Sarah again wished for Hagar to be gone, so Abraham sadly sent Hagar and Ishmael away with some food and water. She and her son wandered on the desert of Beersheba. They ran out of water, and Ishmael, very thirsty, began to weep. Hagar put him under a bush and began to sob. An angel of the Lord spoke to her, offering comfort, and promising that God has heard her wins cried and one day would make him into a great nation. God opened Hagar’s eyes, she saw a well of water and gave her son a drink. (Genesis 16,21)
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