We question Sarah’s treatment of Hagar and think she was too harsh when she sent Hagar and Ishmael away. We see Abraham having other children after Sarah died, and he sent those children away as well. What’s up with that?
Sarah’s words spoke to me today:
Drive out the slave with her son, for the son of this slave will not be a coheir with my son Isaac. (21:10)
Are we that protective of that which we hold dear, of the very promise of God?
I believe the Church has become a wishy-washy, bleeding hearts club where we are so concerned about offending, we’ve allowed anything and anyone into our midst. In fact, we have the idea we need to be inviting non-believers into our fellowship. We’ve been told to think we will rub off on them, but I wonder if the opposite isn’t true.
We’ve fashioned our worship service so it’s attractive to non-believers. We’ve watered down our sermons so as not to step on toes of non-believers, because we don’t want them to stop attending and giving to our worthless ministry.
Because the Bible is clear. The purity of the Truth, the Gospel of Jesus and the Holiness of God must be protected. There are no co-heirs with God’s Promise. The Church must drive out any hint of compromise or threat of compromise in order to retain its purity.
You might think that’s harsh. I think it’s not harsh enough.
Amen Connie!! So true
Thank you, Nell. It’s a hard truth but one I believe we should take seriously. Love you!
Even though this was perfectly acceptable and legal in that culture, she should never have given Hagar to her husband in order for her to become a surrogate mother for Sarah. The child that Hagar bore was the beginning of a hatred that exists to this day.
Sin has consequences, for sure. That’s why I think it’s so important that we keep it outside of the Church at all cost. And that means keeping sin out of our individual lives.