St. John's Lutheran
Trust in What Jesus Has Done for YOU!
Genesis 16:3-5 New International Version
3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.”
Tuesday - July 13
God was moving too slow, so Sarai took matters into her own hands. Ancient customs allowed for another woman to be a surrogate. They believed that men had "seed" that was planted into a woman's "ground." If one woman's "ground" was not fertile you could substitute it with another. Sarai used Hagar to get what she wanted. Except that Hagar, her former servant, all of a sudden became very important! Instead of accepting the blame for her actions (it was HER plan) Sarai blamed her husband and wanted God to judge her husband. Sarai did not want faith. She wanted control and power and it ruined her relationships. God is not interested in the great things we do for HIM. God wants us to trust in the great things Jesus has done for us!