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Hagar and the Law Regarding Concubines

For me this is exciting and a wondrous. This is the first passage in the Law of Moses that the Lord has opened to me that shows sin committed on the part of Abraham and then declares the righteousness of God in the matter.

Deuteronomy 21:10-20 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, And seest among the captives (This seeing among the converts – is the making of them apart of the greater household of faith that they should be welcomed in and to partake and break bread in the greater household.  – but if among these converts in thy seeing thou see) a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, (That God has caused you to see some manner of beauty and hast given a desire unto thee [This is God seeking to protect such a one from the men of belial in your midst that would seek to punish and abuse her and make a whore out of her that she would become a byword among the people as is exactly prescribed in the Talmud when dealing with proselytes and the gentiles that have come to live with you. So that this is an act of protection – and the agape here is from the Lord to do so. With the risk here of your wife coming to irreconcilable differences that threaten to take down the whole house – than put her out for thy wife’s sake.)  that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; (To add to thy wife)  

Genesis 16:1-3 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 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. And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, -- and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

Then thou shalt thy bring her home (And make her apart of thy household) to thine house(Hold), and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her (Her glory [pride], her nails to fight and scratch with, and all of the riches and comforts she drew her joy, pride, and satisfaction from, -- so she could not look back. So that she in effect would be a humble defenseless shorn sheep. That thy wife might have pity also upon her.)

and shall remain in thine house, (Separated from you and your wife) and (As she) bewails (All that she has suffered loss of in the household of) her father and her mother a full month (That she has been severed and cut off from.) and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.  (And at that time that you have joined yourself unto her she will also then dwell with thy wife as well.)

Genesis 16:4-5 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.

And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, (In Abrahams case that because his wife Sarah – for the sake of preserving his household Abraham cast out Hagar and her son his firstborn son.) then thou shalt let her go whither she will; (As Abraham Righteously did) but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her. (No dowry can be paid to you nor can you sell her – You have taken away from her the most precious thing she has – only to cast her aside. But in her now being released to go unto whom she would – she is protected now as she has been divorced – for only the commoners and those that have been so greatly humbled among my people would take her to be their wife.)

If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, (Alluding to one that is a slave – as in Hagar) and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:

Genesis 16:6-11, 15 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, (He have her son the blessing of Abraham on fruitfulness that should have gone to Isaac but were restored by the Lord unto Jacob) I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. -- And Hagar (Returned to the household of Abraham and submitted herself unto Sarah [Who had been chastened by the Lord also for her wicked actions against Hagar who was with her husbands child. And she) bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his. (This is declaring the sin of Abraham that he was within his rights to cast out the bondwoman but even as Ishmael was his first born he should have given unto his mother Hagar the child’s double portion rather than to cast them out that they might be a prey.)

Understand here that Ishmael had been taught everything Abraham knew about God and Ishmael was circumcised and wore the mark of the covenant.

Genesis 17:20-21 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: (Thy prayers for Ishmael – that I would accept him and I have.) Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

In the purposes of God Ishmael Circumcised, first born was as Esau was, was to have had Isaac by from him his birthright and put upon him the Goat skin to retain the blessings of the covenant God had given unto Abraham but because of Sarah’s rage, God had to bypass Abraham for this even and bypass his son Isaac because of Sarah and her selfish love of Isaac even over the Lord caused God to have Abraham Take Isaac up a hit and to offer him as a ransom for the Sins of Sarah and Abraham for not having watched over her to prevent her for having so sinned against the image and likeness of God even in an Egyptian woman Even in Hagar

Genesis 17:26-27 In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

And as I write the Lord has spoken that in the Garden when the woman had so grievously sinned against the Lord, had not Adam knuckled under to her rage – when their first son would have been brought forth in the process of time as the woman would have also as Sarah had a selfish love over Isaac even over the Lord that righteous Adam would have had to as Abraham to Go the mount and their lay down his son and raise the knife as they had done with the lamb that was given unto them to give then an annual reprieve and as Adam would have raised the blade God would have stopped him and there would have been a ram also in the thicket,