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Jacob Chronicles for Kids: Volume 1, Issue 21

Genesis 16:13 The slave girl gave a name to the Lord who spoke to her. She said to him, “You are ‘God who sees me.’” This is because she said to herself, “Have I really seen God who sees me?” (ICB version)

Hagar ran from her mistress, Sarai. This is because Sarai had treated Hagar badly. This made her hate Sarai. And now Hagar was on the road to Shur. The Lord found her by a spring of water. He asked Hagar,

"Where have you come from? Where are you going?

Hagar told the Lord she was running from Sarai. The Lord told her to go back to her mistress. For Hagar was pregnant with Abram's son. The Lord promised to give her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But her son would never get along with his brothers.

Then Hagar gave the Lord a special name. She called Him El Roi. El Roi means You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees.

She went back to her mistress, Sarai. Hagar had a son. Abram, her son's father, named him Ishmael.

Have you ever been treated badly? Maybe it was your friend, your brother or sister, a teacher, or your mom and dad. Hagar thought running from those who treated her badly would make her life better. But God found her in the desert. She was thirsty and tired. He said to her, "It's time to go back home."

It must have been hard for Hagar to go back home. But now she knew God saw her. He went with her. God sees you, too. And He keeps you safe when others treat you bad. God loves you.


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