What made matters even worse was the haughty attitude of the surrogate
mother Hagar towards Sarai, Abram’s only rightful and beloved spouse. So it’s of little wonder that when Sarai (Sarah) eventually gave birth to her own son Isaac fathered by Abram (Abraham) that she came to the place where she had enough of Hagar’s haughty insolence and sent her away.
What would exacerbate future matters was that when Hagar was making her way through the desert with her son Ishmael she was informed by a messenger that her son would become the father of nations. Imagine the ensuing spite-filled conversations between the mother and son over the following years, of how he was Abraham’s first born and by that right alone he should be the heir of God’s promise to Abraham rather than Isaac. Would not this have created great enmity between the sons of Ishmael and Isaac in the generations to follow?
(Psalm 83) O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.
See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads.
With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you—
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.
Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
who perished at Endor and became like dung on the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession
of the pasturelands of God.” Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind.
As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. Cover their faces with shame, Lord, so that they will seek your name. May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace. Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord, that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will smite all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh shall rot while they are still on their feet, their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongues shall rot in their mouths.
Yes and rightly so amen!