Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Lord Jesus Christ breaks the silence between man and God.
Thursday, December 13, 2001
“he said” – Qal imperfect of amar = Jesus Christ initiated the conversation and He kept it going.
The Lord Jesus Christ broke the silence – that’s grace.
They were spiritually dead, and trying to solve the problem by adjusting to each other or becoming pleasing to each other.
Both the husband and wife should not put their marriage before their relationship with God, LUK 14:26-28.
The Bible actually compliments the husband or the wife for leaving the marriage if it is hindering their relationship with God.
Turn to Luke 18:29
1CO 7:12 “if any believer has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, let him not send her away.”
They were so busy trying to please each other, believing the lie that if man adjusts to man, then man is right with God.
It’s not that Jesus Christ did not know the facts; it is that Hagar is not facing reality.
Turn to John 4:7
It is imperative that the believer face reality in order to meet the circumstances of life.
Divine interrogations are not for the purpose of information.
Turn to HEB 10:35
GAL 6:9 “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”
Reality says stop running and let the Lord do the solving.
Grace and human energy of the flesh are mutually exclusive.
As a runaway slave, Hagar is headed for Egypt, but she will find no solution in Egypt.
Not only is running away avoiding reality, but running away is never a solution.
The problem must be solved where it occurred.
The problem occurred in Abram’s household; it must be solved there.
It is grace which interogates the runaway slave woman, but it is justice which advises and commands her.