041 The God Who Sees

THE GOD WHO SEES

GOD SEES HAGAR

GENESIS [16:13] She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.

Hagar was so harshly treated by the woman of God attempting to bring about God’s will according to her own vision, that Hagar ran away rather than endure more abuse at the hands of Sarah. 

GENESIS [16:13] She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.

In the wilderness, God saw Hagar, and asked where she had come from, where she was going, and told her of Ishmael. He then told her to go back.

GENESIS [21:17] 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.

GOD SEES NINEVEH

JONAH [3:10] God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways.

These people were the worst of the worst. They worshipped false gods, they performed child sacrifices there were none that were righteous. God had already decided to destroy the city. They had 10 days left on Earth from the time Jonah entered the city. And yet God saw them. 

CONCLUSION

Thousands of years after Hagar called God “The One Who Sees Me”, God’s Son (an equal part of the Godhead) would come to Earth to die for the sins of the world. Christ would not only see the people that society did not – the crippled (John 5, Matthew 12), the woman who was unclean or in sin (Mark 5, Matthew 26, John 8), and the poor – he would heal them and show those around them that they had value by treating these outcasts with respect.

If we are to be a people of God, we must see those around us that are difficult to look at. We must minister to and love those who have been abused by God’s people, even when they’ve run away from the camp rather than endure more mistreatment.

Being the Church as Christ called us to be requires humility and an attempt at reconciliation when we have done harm, and that begins by seeing and acknowledging those who are hurting. Looking directly at those that are harmed, particularly if we’re partly responsible for that hurt, is not easy or natural, but the impact of this on ourselves and on those who feel unseen cannot be overstated.

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