Genesis 16: 13-16 NLT
Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the LORD, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means ‘well of the Living One who sees me’). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered. So Hagar gave Abram a son, and Abram named him Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Ishmael was born.
We established in our prior blog that Ishmael means 'God hears me'. Humbled that God would listen to her desperate cry, Hagar submits to Him. This God not only watched her running away, but He saw deep into her soul and addressed every concern that laid heavy on her heart. Wells supply water, a symbol of life and this well is located between Kadesh which means holy (1) and Bered which means to greet (2). As a runaway, she searched for a way to keep herself and her baby alive and was greeted by the Holy One and the Life Giver.
Think about it
Everytime someone heard this boy’s name, they would remember that God sees and hears them. When Sarai saw Ishmael or heard his name, she would be reminded that God hears and sees her. This would give her incentive not to be abusive but to behave civilly and decently towards Hagar and the boy.
Everytime Abram saw Ishmael and called his name, he would be reminded that God saw his concern for Hagar and the baby. Because of His goodness and compassion, God brought them back safely to camp. Abram listened to the message given to Hagar by the angel and named the baby according to God’s instructions.
Everytime Hagar looked at Ishmael or called his name, she would be reminded that God heard and saw her dilemma. She will always remember how He spared her from certain death and is reassured that He will divinely help her to raise her son.
Everytime Ishmael heard his name, he will be reminded that God hears and sees him. God names him Ishmael so that he will be aware that his heavenly Father is watching over him all the days of his life.
Abram was 86 years old when Ishmael was born. When we deconstruct 86, we grasp the significance of this number. Eighty means mouth, speech, or prayer (3). Six means man or flesh (3).
God’s revelation to Abram
At 86 years old, Abram understands that God sees and hears him and that he should never interfere with God’s plans. His words and prayers (80) will align directly with God’s holy will. He will never again conjure up man made (6) strategies in order to attain a promise. For the next 13 years (13 stands for double portion) Abram never has intercourse with Hagar again or with any other women besides Sarai who later becomes pregnant with Isaac (3). He will wait on God and allow Him to fulfill this promise in His time and in His way.
What is the lesson ?
When we are always conscious of the fact that God hears and sees us, we will be very careful in our daily life decisions. Like Sarai, we will be careful of our thought life and behave respectfully towards others. Like Abram, we need to listen to His word and follow directions. Like Hagar, we will remind ourselves of the times God intervened on our behalf and how He will always answer us in our time of need. Like Ishmael, we must be aware that God, our Heavenly Father, is watching over us all the days of our lives.
Father, You hear my thoughts and the words that come out of my mouth. You see everything I do. Give me the grace to be careful of my thought life and to be respectful towards others. Cause me to listen to Your words and follow Your directions. Bring to my remembrance the times You saved my life from destruction. You will always answer me in my time of need. Thank You for watching over me all the days of my life. In Jesus name, Amen.
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