The Compassion of God


As we come to consider the words of this text I want you to see that our God is a God of great compassion. His compassions fail not, to all of His chosen people. We are quite sure of that. But we are often not exactly sure who God's elect people are, as we look around us. As we look at Hagar and Ishmael we are not really sure that they were people who knew God. Hagar says in chapter 16, verse 13, when the Angel of the Lord spoke to her – "You are the God who sees". And – "Have I also seen Him who sees me?" This is hopeful language. Seeing the Lord by faith may be an indication of salvation for Hagar.
And yet when we see how she was evidently behind Ishmael's mocking, which was a form of persecution, it does cause us to wonder. But even though God's purposes in Covenant mercy may have been hard for Hagar and Ishmael to understand, God still showed great compassion to them when they were cast out. What I want to do this morning is to ask the question – How does God show compassion to Hagar and Ishmael? How does He show them that He is full of mercy and kindness even though it was His will that Abraham cast them out of His house?
And, as I ask this question I want you to think about the idea that God is a God who shows compassion in this way, so that those who do not know Him, might come to know Him, by seeing His compassion. God showed His compassion to Hagar and Ishmael in these 3 ways.

Dec 22, 2023
Sunday - AM
Genesis 21:14-21; Matthew 5:44
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