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sexta-feira, 21 de agosto de 2015
SARAH IS STILL ALIVE
Do not be so
the boy and your slave woman.
Listen to whatever Sarah tells you
Genesis 21:12a (read 21:9-20) - NIV
The dictionary defines jealousy as:
1.Jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying
success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself.
2.Mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry,
unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims.
3.Vigilance in maintaining or guarding something.
4.A jealous feeling, disposition, state, or mood.
Sarah was jealous. She wanted the
inheritance of her husband, Abraham, only for her son, Isaac. Abraham’s second
wife, Hagar, (a biblical marriage) and her son, Ishmael, represented danger.
Sarah did not want to share with anyone. She wanted to get rid of her rival at
any cost. She was merciless and pressured Abraham into sending them away.
Abraham was troubled at sending one of his own sons away, but, in a moment of
weakness, wielded to Sarah. He took Hagar and Ishmael out into the desert with
a little bit of food and water and abandoned them.
But the Genesis record relates that God acted with
another value system in spite of Sarah and demonstrated his care for Hagar and
Ishmael by providing for them after the traumatic experience of running out
food and water. He also promised great blessings for them. But the trauma has
left its mark. The narration shows that “God was with the boy as he grew up. He
lived in the desert and became an archer” (vs.20). Ishmael was able to defend
himself against future dangers.
But it did not end there – Sarah is still alive. Her
spirit of exclusivity has been inherited by many. Today there are many
"Sarahs" who also believe that they are the "elected of
God" and act with bigotry against "Agars" of life. They do not
admit that God is on the side of people who do not belong to their
"tribe". Ishmael has also left a legacy, the art of shooting arrows.
Sarah and Ishmael are very symbolic of what is happening today in the
political, economic and religious worlds.
Sarah symbolizes the greed of Western culture
dominated by Jewish and Christian traditions. Ishmael is symbolic of the East,
dominated by Islamic cultural traditions. Sarah controls the global wealth and
Ishmael is confined in the desert "shooting arrows".
Religion became a flag on both sides. God and Allah
are invoked as a justification for intensifying the conflict. The irony is that
the three great monotheistic religions that proclaim God's "grace"
and Allah's "mercy" are promoting the most violence in the world
today. Another irony: polytheistic religions tend to live in peace.
To what point does the spirit of Sarah dominate Christianity?
How exclusive are Christians? To what extent do they think that God is on their
side and against all others? That their religion is true and others are false? Are
Christians able to admit the action of God's grace among Buddhists, Hindus,
Muslims, many categories of sinners, etc.?
Exclusivism denies the grace of God. In Christian
theology grace is defined as unmerited salvation given by God. Unfortunately,
many Christians imitate Sarah. They do not realize that God can accept any
person regardless of his or her merits or the lack thereof. Who are we to judge
others as being condemned by God? The Apostle Paul wrote - "Where sin was
powerful, God’s kindness was even more powerful." (Romans 5:20.).
GENESIS 21:9-20 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
But Sarah saw that
the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said
to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will
never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”
The matter distressed
Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. But God said to him, “Do not be
so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah
tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. I
will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your
Early the next
morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He
set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her
way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.
When the water in the
skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. Then she went off and
sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.”
And as she sat there, she began to sob.
God heard the boy
crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What
is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies
there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a
Then God opened her
eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water
and gave the boy a drink.
God was with the boy
as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer.