| Title: 'The Angel Appears to Hagar' |
Painter: Il Guercino His original name was Giovanni Francesco Barbieri.
Forced into exile, she faced incredible hardships with her son, Ishmael. In utter despair and facing death, her concern is for her child, whom she entrusts to God’s loving care.
|Artist: Il Guercino: Title: 'Abraham Casting Out Hagar and Ishmael' 1657|
Hoping Abraham’s child would be her big break, Hagar becomes a little too sure of her position. The fact that it was Sarah’s idea all along means nothing. It carries no weight that Sarah, hoping to end their infertility, practically pushed her maidservant into Abraham’s tent.
Once Abraham’s legitimate wife conceives a child of her own, Hagar and Ishmael are yesterday’s news. Sarah bears a son, Isaac, the child of the divine promise. The culmination of Abraham and Sarah’s dreams. The fulfillment of an angel’s word. The mistress doesn’t stand a chance.
|Title: 'Hagar and the Angel' |
Painter: Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)
There’s always a price to be paid when people play God.
Hagar didn’t deserve (in all fairness, no human DESERVES) to have God’s help. I do not deserve to have God's help. God looks beyond the series of bad decisions and has mercy.
|Title: 'Hagar in the Wilderness' |
Painter: Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647)