In Genesis 21:18, after Hagar and Ishmael are cast into the wilderness, the Angel of God calls to Hagar from Heaven. After comforting her with His Presence, He gives her a command, “Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand. . . . ” The Hebrew verb translated “Up!” is qumi, which means to arise or stand up.
In Matthew 9:6, Jesus voices a command over a paralytic, egertheis, which means arise, stand up, or awaken. In Luke 7:13–14, after Jesus comforts a grieving widow whose only son had died, Jesus issues this same command to the dead man: “Arise!” And again in Luke 8:54, Jesus commands a deceased child, “Arise!”
God saw Hagar and Ishmael’s future. Jesus saw the paralytic’s faith. He demonstrated the hope of the resurrection . . . Finally, moments before His arrest, Jesus commands His sleepy disciples, “Rise!”—the exact same verb He uses in Matthew 26:32 to foretell His resurrection soon to come.
Hagar, rise! Young man, rise! Child, rise!
It’s not over!
Beloved, it’s not over! Right where you are, God is calling to you: rise!
In every scenario, the situation looked hopeless. Hagar’s son is dying, the man is paralyzed, the child is dead, and the King of Glory is about to be arrested, tried, and killed. But God looks down from heaven and sees Behind the Seen. He sees what no one else could believe: they . . . will . . . rise!
Raised and Seated with Christ
Ephesians 2:4–6 assures us that, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.“
Which of these truths do you need to be reminded of today?
The verbs “raised” and “seated” in verse 6 are presented in Greek as a statement of fact. God exists outside of time. To Him, we are already raised and seated with Christ in the heavenly places, and nothing in all creation can change this truth. This is the foundation of our Christian hope! Our hope of heaven is not wishful thinking or fairy tales, but a fixed, eternal fact.
“It is finished” (John 19:30).
Praise the Lord! Jesus Christ has won the victory! The Cross demonstrates His great love for us. His resurrection reveals His power over death and the grave. He did it all so that we could become children of God, holy and beloved in His sight.
“I saw you.”Jesus Christ has won the victory! The Cross demonstrates His great love for us. His resurrection reveals His power over death and the grave. He did it all so that we could become children of God, holy and beloved in His sight.… Click To Tweet
This post is an excerpt from Week Six of my new Bible study, HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me.
Enjoy this 90-second clip from Hagar Week Six, “God sees me!”, recorded live just a few weeks ago. (Click here to watch clip on YouTube)