Pentecost Devotional (2 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Third Day after Pentecost
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Genesis 21:17-18

‘‘And Yahweh heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of Yahweh called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, ‘‘What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for Yahweh has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.’’ Genesis 21:17-18

We saw Hagar fleeing from the abuse of her mistress a few chapters back. Here she is fleeing once again, this time due to Sarah expelling her from the retinue of Abraham’s protection. For the second time, we find her expecting to die. For the second time, we find God intervening with an unexpected way forward. For the second time, we hear God’s promise to make her son, Ishmael a leader of nations.


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Fourth Day after Pentecost
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 2:14-15

‘‘That night, Joseph got up and took his wife and the child to Egypt, where they stayed until Herod died. So the Lord’s promise came true, just as the prophet had said, ‘I called my son out of Egypt.’’’ Matthew 2:14-15

From a story of God’s entrance into the world in questionable surroundings, Matthew takes us on a new journey with the infant Jesus. Jesus becomes a refugee with his family, fleeing to escape murder at the hands of Herod. While there were foreigners in Jesus’ birth narrative, now Jesus himself becomes the foreigner, living in Egypt to escape political violence at home.

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