The Daily Nosh – Genesis 16:1-5
Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not borne him children. But she had an Egyptian slave girl – her name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “Look now, Adonai (the Lord) has prevented me from having children. Go, please, to my slave-girl. Perhaps I’ll get a son by her.” Abram listened to Sarai’s voice. So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took her slave girl Hagar the Egyptian – after Abram had lived 10 years in Canaan and gave her to Abram her husband to be his wife. Then he went to Hagar and she became pregnant. When she saw that she was pregnant, in her eyes her mistress was belittled. So Sarai said to Abram, “The wrong done to me is because of you! I myself placed my slave-girl in your embrace. Now that she saw that she became pregnant, so in her eyes I am belittled. May Adonai judge between you and me!” (TLV) Genesis 16:1-5
Nosh: As is well illustrated in this episode in the life of Abraham, we are wise to be careful with the choices we make in life. Choices define the trajectory of our lives for better or worse. In this case, God promised Abraham that He would make him a great nation. But after ten years Abraham became impatient and decided to “help” God fulfill His promise. This proved to be a great mistake and introduced much trouble into his life and that of his family. Bad choices are often accompanied by negative and unforeseen consequences that can affect us and those connected to us for years, even generations to come. We can avoid this outcome by first seeking God’s direction as well as the advice of wise counsel.