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Hagar sent to the desert, away from her home and family; sent away because of the jealousy of Sarai over Ishmael. The God of her master Abram heard her crying and answered by giving her Ishmael. The angel told her his name means God Hears.
But Sarai, now Sarah, did not want Ishmael to interfere with God’s plans for her own son, so Hagar and Ishmael trekked through the desert until their water was gone and they were sure to die.
But God heard Ishmael crying and sent an angel to rescue them by providing water just as He would for Moses centuries later, just as He would for all of us through his Messiah.
The Messiah expects us to seek him, to cry for him. He expects us to follow him, to imitate him. If we accept the challenge he will represent us in Heaven. Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. His call is not to an easy life. We must give what we have to others. We must seek the good for others ahead of our own. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.
We are not bonded to the Messiah in Heaven. We are bonded through baptism into his death. We must die, there is no other way to have life. As Paul said, Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection.
We can pray with David:
Lord, teach me your ways,
and I will live and obey your truths.
Help me make worshiping your name
the most important thing in my life.
Be righteous and do good.