But the Fallen One answered, saying: “Do not despair, neither grieve in your heart,
for if you would that Abraham should have a son then give unto him your handmaiden,
Hagar. She shall bear Abraham a son whereby God shall keep all his word.
Summary: Hagar was the handmaid of Sarah, the wife of Abraham. In an effort to conspire
against the house of Abraham, the Fallen One privately conversed with Sarah and tempted
her to offer Hagar to Abraham in accordance with custom, and as a means to fulfill
God’s promise regarding Abraham and Sarah having a son (B:2741-54). Fearing she was
too old to bear a child and not trusting in the promises of God, Sarah convinced
Abraham to have a child with Hagar. With the birth of Ishmael, jealousy filled the
heart of Sarah and tensions rose in the tent of Abraham (B:28:2-4). In Ishmael’s
thirteenth year, God came to speak with Abraham, reminding him of the promise that
he and Sarah would bear a son named Isaac through whom the covenant would be established
Taking counsel from Abiel the angel, Abraham gave to Hagar and Ishmael a portion
of his flocks and herds, and sent them on their way. The angel affirmed that Hagar
and Ishmael would be blessed by the Lord, but that because of Abraham’s sin, there
would be enmity between the house of Ishmael and the house of Isaac (B:28:48-54).
41. So Abraham told Abiel all that had happened, how that Sarah did give him her
handmaiden Hagar, according to the custom of their ways.
42. And she bore a son unto Abraham in his old age. Now seeing that Ishmael was made
the son of his loins and seeing that God had blessed Ishmael that he should be the
father of nations,
43. Hagar did scorn Sarah. For it was given unto Ishmael to inherit all that Abraham
possessed upon the land.
44. Now when Abiel heard these words, he spoke, saying: “Consider, Abraham, and answer
truly: Is it good to violate the word of God for the sake of your traditions?
45. Behold, in two things did you sin before God. For God delights in the affections
of both husband and wife, that unto each the other they might cleave and therein
receive the blessings of God.
46. And again, why did you doubt the promises of God to you? Did he not say that
you would be the father of many nations? Why did Sarah tempt you before the Lord
of Hosts? Will you be made to fall by the way because of those who doubt?