Genesis 16:1-16

The God Who Sees and Knows Everything

Introduction:

The God of Scripture is the God who knows everything from beginning to end and forever more. The God of Scripture also is a Spirit and is everywhere in the universe and beyond. Chrysostom said, God is everywhere and nowhere.” This may seem like a contradiction but it’s not because God is everywhere, so that He cannot be confined to any one place; any tabernacle box or locality. Psalm 139:1-12 reveals both God’s Omniscience and Omnipresence.

  1. Abram Put to the Test Again

  1. Walking by sight

  1. His patience grew thin – 16;16

  2. He listen to the voice of his wife v.2

  3. He went through the mill of trials – (12:10; 13:8; 14:14,21-23; 16:2

  1. Tests and the Christian

  1. Example of Elisha and Elijah

  2. Example of Solomon

  3. Example of Jesus

  1. Wait on the Lord – Psalm 25:5,21; 27:14; 37:7,9,34 ( Psalm 39:7; 52:9; 62:5; 69:3,6; 104:27; 106:13; 119:43; 74,81,114,147; 130:5; 147:11)

  1. Abram, Sarai and Hagar

  1. Sarai’s Belligerence

  1. Sarai is aggressively hostile – v.2

  2. Sarai’s attitude stinks – v.4

  3. Sarai complains to her husband – v.5 (James Boice comment)

  1. Hagar visited by the Angel of the Lord

  1. Lord is Yahweh – “The self-existent One, the everlasting God, The God of the Covenant”

  2. The God who sees!

  1. Theological Implications

  1. God is the One Who Seeks us – Rom. 3:11; Luke 19:10 cf. Gen. 3:8

  2. It’s impossible to hide from God – Psa. 139:9-10

  1. Unsought Blessings – v.10

  1. Countless descendants – v.10

  2. She must obey the Lord and return home – v.9 “Ishmael” means “God hears”

  3. God meets her at the well, Beer lahai- roi, “the living God who sees” – v.13,14

( John 1:18; Joh 14:9; 6:44; (Matt. 16:17; Acts 16:14; Num. 21:16 cf. John 4:14-15)

Conclusion:

  1. How could Abram think that fornication and adultery was permissible to propagate his descendants?

Such a view clashes with the will of God – Mal. 2:14,15 (Polygamy) Eph. 5:31; Gen.2:24

  1. What is the role of Ishmael and his descendants? ( Job. 5-8) A W Pink’s comments…

The spiritual implications – Turn To: Gal. 4:28-31




Pastor Nick Iamaio, Reformed Presbyterian Church, 207 South First Street, Fulton, NY 13069

Web Site fultonrpc.org 3/29/2015