Genesis 16-18

Chapter 16:

“The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

Before we start throwing a stone at Sarai, you need to know that this is an ancient custom of the day to ensure the birth of an heir.  Through time this actually gets written in to the Hammurabi Code.  In order to unite all of southern Mesopotamia, the Babylonian king wrote a Code of Laws.  We will see many of the laws sprinkled throughout the Bible as a “custom”.  It is important to understand the culture of the time. All 282  codes,  are “If….Then”.  (some were pretty harsh!)

HOWEVER, I will throw first….”perhaps I can”- c’mon Sarai!!

Skipping to verse 7: I never noticed before God perused Hagar…not vice versa. I think I jsut assumed she cried out.  (He is with us even when we are ignoring Him)  The angel of the Lord’s first appearance in our Bible makes an appearance BUT verse 13.

13 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 

Any thoughts?  Another Trinity appearance?    So let’s mention Ishmael (God has heard…always look for the EL.  El refers to God):

He will be a wild donkey of a man;
    his hand will be against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
    toward  all his brothers.”

Poor Ishmael, caught in the adult drama will live a nomadic life but oddly will be war-like.  His descendants will be called the Ishmaelites, but this large nation he will grow (specified in the next chapter) is never in conflict with Israel OR are they subject to God’s judgement.


  • El Roi- The God who sees me.  (Hagar has the honor of “naming” the Lord for the first time”)
  • Beer Lahai Roi- Marla, this is not a Pub! “The well of the Living One who sees me”

Chapter 17: May I encourage you to grab a pen and circle how many times the word Covenant is used.  God does put responsibility out there for this Everlasting Covenant.  Abram and his descendants do not have a license to live as they please. Twelve years ago,  a wise woman once said to me “You are called to be Holy, not to be happy”, and I say it in my head at least once a week…or once a day.

Recall: Promise…. then Covenant….. then Sign.  Here we are: Chapter 12-15-17

In my time studying and listening to podcasts on this topic I have heard lots of reasons as to why circumcision is the sign:

  • the constant reminder of the cutting away of the old,
  • or applies to the making of male descendants so sexual activity must he disciplined and dedicated to procreation for God (read that twice if your name is Elliot or Charlie…my daughters!!),
  • to be set apart (Holy), as they are called to enter a pagan land called Canaan

As always: I read this and God shows me something new that knocks my socks off!

13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised.

I have always seen the Gentiles (me and you) in God’s plan. But in my Bible today I stopped when I read this.  Those that were bought…that’s me!  Redeemed.

Abram gets a name change to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah.  Abraham means “the father of many nations’.  “ha” or “ah” added to a name means “breath”.  The breath of God is now on them!  This is a new destiny, just like the day of your salvation.  (so call me Patricaha!)

Chapter 18:(I am running late this morning, so this might be a rushed post)  Of these 3 visitors, one is clearly the Lord.  Sarah, when told she will bear a child at her age doesn’t just “laugh”, she denies the possibility.  I guess she hasn’t planned a date night in a while!  In her defense, just like Adam and Eve, the conversation WAS between God and Abram, Sarai was not a witness to it.

God himself makes a personal inspection of the city.  Abraham speaks boldly to God and asks if he will refrain from judging a whole nation if there are a few to be found righteous in the city (yup, sounds like America).  Can God find at least 10 righteous people??  Abraham’s Nephew,  Lot,  has been living there…surely he has missioned at least a few right??

3 thoughts on “Genesis 16-18

  1. Kay Arthur talks about circumcision in her Bible study “Covenant”. She talks about circumcision being the sign of covenant being closest to the point of “seed” which is a reminder of the promised Seed from Genesis 3:15. I thought that was really cool…

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  2. Few things have caught my attention here.

    First…I can’t believe that Sarah just turned her man loose with her slave. What? Is she nuts. I don’t care what year it is…that ain’t happening in my world! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Hubby would be dead!
    Second…Abraham loads all of his kids up for a family circumcising day! Holy crap! I couldn’t concentrate on another word after that part of the story!! I don’t know about y’all but one male in my house with a simple case of “the man flu” will cause some serious havoc on the household. I wanted to leave Randy two years ago when he had the man flu FOR A WHOLE MONTH (bc apparently that’s how long man flu last). 🙄 I can not in my wildest dreams imagine a whole house full of men, boys and babies getting their junk snipped ALL IN THE SAME DAY!!!! I just can’t go there…😳🤯 So hard to even imagine!!!
    Thirdly…I totally knew that the breath of God was on anyone with the ahhhh sound in their name. (Im assuming sound and not spelling) That being said…Lucaaaaaas Clements, this is your destiny. Go and yell it from the mountain tops, baby. Spread the word of God! 😘❤️😁…ok, maybe I really didn’t know that but I thought it was so cool and love it!!!
    Did I mention I have a focus problem at times…oh look… squirrel 🐿! …😁

    *Beer Lahai Roi…Interesting and you know me well, sister…Not what my first thought would have been. 😂


  3. Marla, can you comment everyday??? Please! I belly laughed at your honesty because truth be told it is really what we are thinking! I never put it in the post but do you know how many times I say WTF (not the words just the letters) when I am reading.


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