Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Finally someone with honor and integrity, grace and mercy comes to the rescue.
Tuesday, December 4, 2001
“Do to her what is good from your viewpoint” or “Do to her what you think is right.”
a. Restoration to fellowship. b. Recovery of the filling of the Holy Spirit. c. Reentry into the PPOG. d. Opportunity for recovery from cosmic influence.
1CO 16:13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
2SA 10:12 “Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people.”
Rebound is not a license to sin; rebound is to protect you from turning sin into evil.
When people sin and then seek to justify the reason why they did what they did, they enter self-justification and self-righteousness.
1CO 11:31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged.
When a person rebounds, instead of defending their actions, they stop the momentum of evil in their lives.
MAT 6:23 “But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness.
Abram sees no good in the eyes of Sarai; this is merely a rationalization to avoid the responsibility and get rid of the problem.
harshly – piel imperfect – anah = to oppress, to browbeat, to depress, afflict, to mishandle, to humiliate, to torture.
You cannot build your happiness upon someone else’s unhappiness.
Anytime that anyone has authority and abuses it, with regard to those under that authority, the result is always tyranny.
Discipline and judgment is very definitely a part of the use of authority.
No one ever truly learns authority until he has been under some unfair system of authority and has been able to handle it, to take it, to discern why it’s unfair.
You can never possibly use authority properly if you have any personal or subjective malfunction of the soul.
Pastor-teaching requires not only communication of doctrine, and a lifetime of studentship, but also that the pastor teach and treat people fairly regardless of his personal opinion.
PRO 21:19 It is better to live in a desert land, Than with a contentious and vexing woman.
1. Hagar is running away; she’s gone from the hopelessness of slavery to the helplessness of being alone and without provision in the desert.
2. God’s solution always starts when people recognize their hopelessness and helplessness before Him.
MAT 9:12 “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.”
3. The next person who realizes helplessness is going to be Abram.
You have to be helpless before God can step in and turn cursing into blessing.
4. The final one to recognize her helplessness is the one who started the whole ball rolling.
When she finally does, God’s going to change her name from Sarai – nagging witch, to Sarah – princess.
5. Hagar’s helplessness is the perfect circumstance for a visit from the Lord Jesus Christ.
6. Grace always responds to helplessness just as justice demands justice.