Note what the Lord said to Hagar “What aileth thee, Hagar ? ” Yes, Human upset are very many, and may overtake us, as they did Hagar, in an unexpectedway. Note what the apostle Paul stated in his time of trouble, “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.” (II.Tim.4:17).
The birth of Isaac is a type of that which is born of the Spirit, brings trouble and separation to Ishmael, that which is born of the flesh, In (I.Cor.15:44) Paul the apostle stated “There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” (I.Cor.15:44).
Hagar was crushed in spirit, she wanders forth into the wilderness, where, like the weary dove outside the ark, she is ready to perish, but the merciful hand of God is stretched out, and she is received into the favour of Him who seeks to save the lost, “But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.” (Gen.8:9).
A divine Question comes to Hagar while she was in her time of difficulty. God called, and said, “What aileth thee, Hagar ?” (v.17).
How timely and tender is the sympathy of God ! This is no formal question of curiosity, but the loving inquiry of One whose heart yearns to help the needy,” Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?” (Prov. 15:11).
Note what Jesus said to the man in (Lk.18:41) “What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.”
Jesus was opening the door into His own divine fulness. Let us note the passages of scripture in (Col.2: 9,10) “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” and he also said in Mt.28:18) “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Mt.28:18).
Hagar was an outcast. “Cast out this bondwoman” (v.10). Note what Abraham did, “Abraham sent her away” (v.14). She was shut out from the Master’s house and presence. Why ? Because her son mocked at Isaac-the gift of God. (v9).
Those who were found sneering at the Word of Christ were all put outside, “And He put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise “ (Luke 8. 54).
Sin always separates and leads from the house of blessing to the desert of sorrow and misery.
She was destitute. “The water was spent in the bottle” (v.15). Her resources are speedily exhausted.
The prodigal’s fortune was soon spent (Lk.15). When the sinner gets to an end of himself he has nothing left but prayer. His darkest end is often his best end.
It is when all self-created streams are dried that the longing eye seeks the Living Fountain, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (Jh.7:37,38).
Look at her condition. She was helpless and hopeless. She went a good way off, and said, ” Let me not see the death of the child” (v.16).
She now sees nothing but the grim face of death before her “Herod the king stretched forth his hands to killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter.” (Ac.12).
She is a true and painful picture of one who is ’‘without strength.” “For when we were yet without strength, Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom. 5: 6).
The Divine Word of Comfort came to her, “The angel of God said, Fear not, for God hath heard.” What a beautiful fulfilment of what Isaiah said, “He knows how to speak a word in season to them that are weary” (Isa. 50. 4).
It has been said, Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. It was “while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Rom.5: 8).The divine “Fear not” is always accompanied with the divine fulness (Isa. 41:IO).
The provision. “She saw a well of water” (v. 19). She was sitting perishing in an agony of thirst while the well of salvation was close at hand.
Spiritually this is the state and condition of many perishing for lack of knowledge while the Word of Truth is lying at their side, and even ringing in their ears.
Note the preparation for her. ” God opened her eyes. “ It was not enough that the well was there; her eyes must be opened to see it.
The great provision of the Gospel is twofold, (1) The outward work of Christ on the Cross, (2) the inward work of the Holy Spirit in the heart. The well of atonement cannot satisfy without the eye-opening power of the Spirit of God. “Open Thou mine eyes” (Ps.119,18). Hagar had to acceptance her blessing. “She went and filled the bottle with water.” She could not make the well, but she could take the water freely offered to her.
We are not asked to make salvation, but to take it (Rev. 22: 17). What a revelation this was to Hagar : (1) Of her own blindness. It was only when her eyes were opened that she discovered how blind she had been.(2), Of the goodness of God. He made the provision, and imparted to the needy one the very capacity to apprehend it.
God opened her eyes, but she must fill the bottle. It is an awful responsibility to have the opened eye and yet to refuse the blessings revealed.
In the Fountain opened for sin and uncleanness there is enough to fill every bottle to satisfy every heart.
Note the outcome. “She gave the lad drink.” In accepting the divine provision she saved both herself and her son. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house”