Sarai and Hagar

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Genesis 16, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

Once upon a time, there was a woman named Sarai who was married to a man named Abram. Sadly, Sarai couldn’t have any children, which made her very sad. So, she had an idea to have a child with her servant, Hagar, who was from Egypt. Abram listened to Sarai and had a baby with Hagar. When Hagar realized she was going to have a baby, she was happy and started to feel better about herself. But Sarai was not happy about this and treated Hagar very badly.

Hagar was so sad and scared that she ran away into the wilderness. But an angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the desert, and the angel asked her why she was running away. Hagar told the angel that she was running away from Sarai.

The angel told Hagar to go back to Sarai and be her servant again. The angel also told Hagar that she was going to have a baby boy and that she should name him Ishmael, because the Lord has listened to her affliction. The angel said Ishmael would grow up to be a wild man who fights with everyone and everyone fights with him. But the Lord would always be with him and make him the father of many descendants.

After the angel spoke to her, Hagar realized that God saw her and cared for her. She called God “a God of seeing.” Hagar had the baby and named him Ishmael, just as the angel told her to. Abram was 86 years old when Ishmael was born.

Biblical Lessons

  • God hears our prayers and is always watching over us.
  • We should treat others with kindness and respect, not with jealousy or mistreatment.
  • God’s plans and timing are always perfect, even when we don’t understand them.
  • God sees and cares for us, even in difficult times.

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