Bible Study on Genesis 16:7-14
ESV: 7 The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” 9 The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” 11 And the angel of the Lord said to her,
“Behold, you are pregnant
and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,[a]
because the Lord has listened to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
his hand against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”
13 So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,”[b] for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”[c] 14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi;[d] it lies between Kadesh and Bered.
Qur’an Study on Ibraaheem 14:36-37
Hagar (Hajar) and Sarah are not mentioned by name in the Qur’an, though traditionally is understood as Abraham’s prayer:
“O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in an uncultivable valley by Your Sacred House (the Ka‘bah at Makkah) in order, O our Lord, that they may perform As-Salaah (Iqaamat-as-Salaah). So fill some hearts among men with love towards them, and (O Allaah) provide them with fruits so that they may give thanks.” (Qur’an, Ibraaheem 14:36-37)
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Genesis 16:11 Ishmael means God hears
Genesis 16:13 Or You are a God who sees me
Genesis 16:13 Hebrew Have I really seen him here who sees me? or Would I have looked here for the one who sees me?
Genesis 16:14 Beer-lahai-roi means the well of the Living One who sees me
Hajar: Arabic derived from Ha ajruka, means “here is your recompense”
Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca):
-Muslims remember Hajar by running from Al-Safa to Al-Marwah (hills) 7 times before drinking from the Zamzam Well
-done to commemorate Hagars courage
-remember women’s leadership role