Use and dump-1

Genesis 21:10 “Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, [even] with Isaac.”
Human beings can be very terrible, they have a way of getting to use you and once they achieve their aim discard you like a piece of rubbish.
Hagar was Sarah’s maid and must have been a very good one at that, for her to recommend her to her husband to marry. Hagar must have been very humble and useful to her, listen to Sarah’s comment when she was recommending her to Abraham:
Genesis 16:2 “And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.”
Sarah had some sweet words to say about Hagar to her husband. One thing I saw from here was the adjective she used in qualifying her, she said “my maid”.
The Hebrew word used for maid here means, “a humble lady”, “someone who can speak on behalf of another”, ” member of thet same clan or family”. These are very interesting words.
Sarah needed a favour from Hagar and she addressed her as family and one that can speak in her stead. Hagar had become so used to her that she saw her as a member of her family. She told Hagar that if she gives birth to a son for her husband, the child will become her own child and she will make sure the child is treated with utmost dignity. Sarah must have promised Hagar heaven and earth.
What baffles me was the adjective she used for her in our focal scripture for today. Sarah  refers to Hagar as “…this bondwoman…”.
Our mother Sarah gave birth to her own son Isaac, and Hagar the “maid”, “clan and family” suddenly became “a bondwoman”, how sad! Most humans seems to have ingratitude build into their DNA.
To be continued…
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