Read Genesis 21
I always think it’s funny that verse 2 highlights Abraham’s old age when Sarah is the one who gave birth well into her old age!
- The name Isaac means “he laughs.” Why is this appropriate for them?
- What does the birth of Isaac teach us about God?
Hagar had been given to Sarah as her maid and therefore Sarah could dismiss her. But because Sarah had given her to Abraham and she bore a son to him, she was elevated to the status of a wife and sending her away would be similar to divorcing her, although she would gain her freedom.
- What do you learn about Abraham’s character throughout this sending away?
- Hagar is afraid. Think about what makes you afraid. As you sit and think about what is causing the fear, where is God in the midst of the story?