This Sunday, we will look at the story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and Ishmael, in Genesis 16-21.  We'll look at the circumstances that led to Ishmael’s birth (Sarah’s plot to have Abraham sleep with her, Abraham’s lust and passivity to go along with it, Hagar’s contempt toward Sarah after conceiving). We’ll look at God’s heart for Hagar and women like her (how He graciously draws near to her multiple times). And we’ll consider the long-term ramifications of this plan, that are still reverberating today.