Friday, June 20, 2008

Barren Fruit

5 And Sarai said to Abram: Thou dost unjustly with me: I gave my handmaid into thy bosom, and she perceiving herself to be with child, despiseth me. The Lord judge between me and thee.

3 "To wife"... Plurality of wives, though contrary to the primitive institution of marriage, Gen. 2. 24, was by divine dispensation allowed to the patriarchs: which allowance seems to have continued during the time of the law of Moses. But Christ our Lord reduced marriage to its primitive institution. Matt. 19.

6 And Abram made answer, and said to her: Behold thy handmaid is in thy own hand, use her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai afflicted her, she ran away. 7 And the angel of the Lord having found her, by a fountain of water in the wilderness, which is in the way to Sur in the desert, 8 He said to her: Agar, handmaid of Sarai, whence comest thou? and whither goest thou? And she answered: I flee from the face of Sarai, my mistress. 9 And the angel of the Lord said to her: Return to thy mistress, and humble thyself under her hand. 10 And again he said: I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, and it shall not be numbered for multitude.

11 And again: Behold, said he, thou art with child, and thou shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Ismael, because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. 12 He shall be a wild man: his hand will be against all men, and all men's hands against him: and he shall pitch his tents over against all his brethren. 13 And she called the name of the Lord that spoke unto her: Thou the God who hast seen me. For she said: Verily here have I seen the hinder parts of him that seeth me. 14 Therefore she called that well, The well of him that liveth and seeth me. The same is between Cades and Barad. 15 And Agar brought forth a son to Abram: who called his name Ismael.

16 Abram was four score and six years old when Agar brought him forth Ismael.
Genesis: 16:5-16

What happens when we place our desires above God's Will for us. Our life isn't always the way we might have liked for it to be. Like Sarai, she was barren and chose to do something about providing children for her husband. She took it upon herself to give another woman to her husband to bring forth heirs. The choice she made showed her will being done above God's Will for her and Abram. She acted upon her will in regards to not having her husband looked upon by others and being judged by them as well. Abram also did not heed God's Will and consented to do take what his wife offered. His own desire to produce fruit from his seed. God's Will has always been a factor since the beginning of time and every now and then we read of situations and the results from not doing God's Will. Hagar in this regard was used selfishly for the benefit of others. But her offspring were born out of selfishness rather than love. Ever do something that would produce repercussions and regret. The ripple effect comes to mind in this instance. When we do God's Will we live according to his plan and all we do benefits. When we go against it and do our own will the results are not always beneficial. If it is God's Will for us to be barren who are we to change the course of his plan for us.

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