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Hagar and Ishmael Not Forgotten

Lesson 6 


Winter 2021-22


By: RLD Editorial Team 


January 09, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

Despite our sins, God will not abandon those He loves.

Bible Basis:

Genesis 21:8–20

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Despite our sins, God will not abandon those He loves.

These videos and materials are for your personal use.
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Music Video, Traditional: “Jesu, Lover of My Soul”
Music Video, Multicultural: “Sing to Jesus” by Fernando Ortega
Music Video, Contemporary: “By the Grace of God” by Tim Hughes
Guzik’s Commentary on Genesis 21
Pulpit Commentary on Genesis 21
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Genesis 21

Memory Verse:

17 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. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”
—Genesis 21:17–18

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

This past fall, Danielle Obisie-Orlu was named Youth Poet Laureate of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania). The University of Pittsburgh junior was born in Washington, D.C., to Nigerian parents, and she was raised mainly in South Africa. She has always felt like something of an outcast, and this comes through in her poetry, including “Poem for the Expat,” which won her the title of Youth Poet Laureate. “My personal experiences of growing up as a dark-skinned Black woman in South Africa and the U.S. have really shaped how I hold myself.” Her passion to build bridges across cultural and racial divides is summed up in the African concept of ubuntu. “Ubuntu … [is] an approach to life that’s about valuing human dignity in one another,” she explains. It is the quest to “get to a place where I can say, ‘I recognize my humanity within you.’”

When Sarah had her son, Isaac, by Abraham, she wanted to be rid of Hagar and Ishmael. She urged Abraham to get rid of them, but Abraham was distressed by the idea. God assured him that He would not only protect the child but raise him up into a great nation. When the baby cried from thirst in the desert, the angel of God called out to Hagar, guided her to a well, and saved the lives of the outcasts.


  • What is your favorite poem, and why?
  • Who do we find it easiest to see dignity and humanity in? Who do we find it hardest to see these in?
  • What does it say about God’s character that He treated Hagar and Ishmael as He did?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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