There are at least 25 geographical places in the Bible that were named by people, by characters in the Bible, pe ople who were there and witnessed events that caused them to attach a permanent name to the place.These places were named at times because God had brought victory, and sometimes these places were named because of wrong behavior or decisions. Some places bear the name proudly and profoundly, and some famously infamous. Nothing is in the Bible on accident. God lets nothing go to waste, not even geography- He utilizes all He can use to teach us about Himself.
We find one of these in Genesis 16, and the story of Hagar. The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly where Abraham had pitched his tent during this difficult experience. Hagar was an Egyptian, and the Bible is silent about how Abraham and Sarah acquired her. We don’t know that a lady like Hagar may have had it much better as the maid of Sarah than she would have had it in Egypt. In chapter 16 she had a run-in with her boss, and fled, heading back to her home country of Egypt. She had just left the home of God’s anointed- the father of the faith life- the greatest patriarch to ever live in the eyes of the Jews. Hagar did not know any of this, but she couldn’t help noticing how different Abraham and Sarah were than the nations and people around them. Other than Melchizedek, Abraham and Lot may have been the only monotheists (worship of ONE God) on the face of the earth. Hagar had been exposed to all of that.
She ran away- ever feel like you could just run away from your problems? We have all had that thought a time or two.
Notice what happens:
- THE LORD FOUND HER, V7
Wherever you are, He will find you. You might be like Hagar right now, in some type of affliction, but be assured, He will find you.
- THE LORD SPOKE TO HER, V8
We tend to think God speaks to spiritual people, giant saints, but not to an inconspicuous Egyptian slave girl. If you will listen, He will speak to you as well. Your life might be caught up with a great deal of personal problems, but He is still speaking.
An elite group of people in the Bible would be those God spoke to audibly out of heaven. The list includes good and bad people, but few obscure people, until we come to Hagar. If God will speak to this lady, He will speak to you when you are going through it. You may not hear an audible voice from heaven because Hebrews 1 says God has in these last days spoken to us by His Son. But He can speak to you through His Word, and you can hear that still, small voice in your heart. Don’t imagine that your problems deafen the ability of God to speak.
- THE LORD ASKED HER TWO QUESTIONS, V8
Very easy questions in 16:8- “Where have you come from,” and “Where are you going.” Hagar only answered one question- where have you come from question. She couldn’t answer the second one because she didn’t know where she was going for sure. Most of can only answer the first question. We all know where we came from, but we cannot answer with certainty where we are going. God is asking you, “Where are you going?” He asks in our affliction because we make decisions in difficult times that we shouldn’t make because we don’t have the long view in mind. All we know is what Hagar knew- we got it rough, tough, we are wounded, smarting, and just want to get away from the hurt, so we run not knowing where.
- THE LORD SAW HER AFFLICTION, V11
Don’t ever allow your mind to deceive you into thinking that God doesn’t see what you are going through. What you face may not be worse than someone else’s problems, or it might be worse, but God still sees your affliction whatever it is.
HAGAR THE EGYPTIAN IS THE ONE WHO GAVE THE WELL, ITS SIGNIFICANCE.
Beerlahiroi means the well of Him who lives and sees me. This is an Egyptian girl, a maid, or slave girl. She is in no way an heir of the promises of God to Abraham. GOD FINDS HER! HE CAME TO HER, NOT SHE TO HIM. HE CAME TO WHERE SHE WAS.
This is so much like our God who doesn’t require us to ascend up into heaven where He is, but He comes down to our level, to where we are.
He found her, she didn’t find Him
He found you, you didn’t find Him
The meeting made an impression on her so that she named the place after her experience with God. It was her and God. Sometimes it just needs to be us and God again. I wish we could give English names to the places where we met with God.
THE PLACE OF THE OUTPOURING AT THE ALTAR
THE PLACE OF INTERCESSION WHEN GOD WAS THERE
THE PLACE WHERE HE FILLED ME WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
THE PLACE WHERE I WAS HEALED
THE PLACE WHERE I WAS DELIVERED FROM MY HABIT
THE PLACE WHERE I OVERCAME MY PROBLEM
THE PLACE WHERE I REDISCOVERED GOD REALLY DOES HAVE HIS EYE ON ME
WHEN THE DEVIL SAYS THERE IS NO PLACE FOR YOU IN THE PLAN OF GOD, BRING UP HAGAR.
SHE WAS A NOBODY, BUT GOD CAME LOOKING FOR A NOBODY AND MADE HER FEEL LIKE A SOMEBODY
1Pe 3:12- For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
You may feel alone, abandoned, like no one really cares about you. You may think that God has no time for you. But He sees you.
THE THEOLOGY BEHIND THE GEOGRAPHY IN GENESIS 16 IS THAT GOD SEES THE UNSEEABLE, THE UNNOTICEABLE, THE FORGOTTEN Tess hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
There needs to come a place of revelation when you come to realize He can’t take His eye off you.