Who was Hagar in the Bible? How does the Hagar and Abraham dynamic and Hagar and Sarah conflict fit into the grand tapestry of God’s Word? Do you know just how special Hagar’s son truly is?
Let me invite you in to the new Hagar Bible study by Shadia Hrichi. It will answer these questions and so many more.
If you like going “Behind the SEEN” you’ll love this study. Spend some time with Hagar and those around her. Together with many of those whose lives tell of a relationship with The God who Sees; It’s awesome!
Walking through the pages of scripture in this Bible study put me in a happy place. The spiritual discipline of daily time in the Bible is one I love, but sometimes it gets pushed aside in favor of doing life. I’m always grateful for the opportunity to be accountable for my time!
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Who Was Hagar in the Bible, Anyway?
The story of Hagar in the Bible sometimes seems a little disjointed, and ‘interrupts’ Abraham’s narrative. But Hagar and Abraham’s story intersects perfectly, as I’ve learned. And Hagar and Sarah seem to be full of vinegar. But God allowed each encounter for a purpose.
Who Was Hagar?
Who was she? This woman who was ‘Given to Sarai’ as a servant, and taken from her homeland to live with this group of nomads as a servant… Who was seen and taken care of by God Almighty…
Hagar was a woman who wasn’t treated well, but she also happens to be a woman God spoke to audibly. Twice!!! In my book, that’s a pretty awesome blessing.
In fact (spoiler alert) Hagar’s son is one of the select few God himself names!! And while much difficulty throughout history has come from the decisions Abraham and Sarah and Hagar made, That doesn’t negate the miracles involved in their story, nor the love God has for their descendants, and the desire of his heart that none should be lost, but all should come to a saving knowledge of his son.
There are many lessons learned from Hagar and Sarah and Abraham, and I know I’ve only scratched the surface.
The Hagar Bible study below really opened up my understanding on just how significant everything about the story of Hagar in the Bible is. And some of the ways it speaks to us today.
About the Hagar Bible Study:
Book: Hagar Author: Shadia Hrichi
Genre: Religion / Bible Study
Release Date: October 10, 2017
You are ”The God Who Sees Me.”
Discover a close relationship with God–no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of God’s compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave who meets the living God in a desert of despair, where she gives Him the name El Roi, ”The God Who Sees Me.”
Through this seven-week study, you will find that when you surrender your life into God’s hands, your trials and triumphs serve a magnificent purpose: to draw you into the arms of the faithful God Who Sees Me.
”Deep and packed with surprising insights!” Francine Rivers
Click here to grab your copy.
My thoughts on the New Hagar Bible Study “Behind the Seen”
I’m thankful for the opportunity to read this Hagar Bible study. I did not really consider all that would be in here, but the author does a good job with some very tough stuff.
As someone who has experienced a certain amount of abuse and manipulation, I think she does a remarkable job of showing truth without wallowing in the mud.
She gives credit where credit is due and does not shy away from the ugly parts.
I feel like I have a better idea of who Hagar is now, and what she experienced than ever before.
I See Myself in Some Parts of the Story of Hagar in the Bible
My eyes have been opened a bit to my personal beliefs and where they do not match what I SAY that I believe. Meaning that I am guilty of seeing circumstances and making judgments of how much (or little) I mean to God.
But God does not change. The same God who promises Hagar a legacy of descendants, is also the one who allowed her to be sent away with nothing but her son and a few supplies in the desert.
One thing that really makes me like this Hagar Bible study is how much it incorporates the whole counsel of scripture. No story in the Bible stands alone, and this one is no different. Considering the woman at the well, and Job, and many other passages give this depth and richness.
While it may seem like each lesson is long, after the first week, you don’t even notice. In fact, my husband took the kids for a couple of hours one Sunday, and I did all of week three in on sitting. I kept trying to get up and go “do something productive” with my time, but I couldn’t set my Hagar Bible study down!
My relationship with God and my awareness of my position within the Great Story has grown through this study!
I also fully intend to repeat this study of Hagar in the Bible again soon!
I did receive a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, and choose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.
An Egyptian Princess, A Story of Hagar: Fiction
I just finished reading The Egyptian Princess A Story of Hagar. Placing Hagar as firstborn of Pharaoh, and weaving a backdrop of intrigue, God’s power and compassion, and brings the Bible to life, by letting us inside one very possible version of the story.
This particular story of Hagar is fantastic! I was in literal tears, throat tight, several times while reading it!
I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Hagar and her mother. This mom is perceptive, and compassionate, strong and not easily fooled.
And having Hagar and Sarai building a genuine friendship, and Both God and Sarai reach out to her at that early point in the narrative was so cool.
There are discussion questions in the back that make this an excellent choice for a book club, and a wonderful compliment to any study of the story of Hagar. It also mentions that there is a sequel coming!!!!
The section in the back, where the author shares some of the research that forms the foundation of the story is awesome!
I can’t wait for part 2!
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!