Metaphysical meaning of Hagar (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Hagar (mbd)
Hagar, ha'-gär (Heb.)--flight; to flee one's country; fugitive; wanderer; stranger.

Sarai's handmaid, the mother of Ishmael by Abraham (Gen. 16:1-16).

Meta. The natural soul. It is a stranger to the awakened spiritual phase of the soul, in that its thoughts and emotions are sensual and are likely to be selfish and unholy, thus producing fear and uncertainty (wanderer). The sensual must give way to the spiritual; it cannot stand in the presence of the Christ truth, but flees (flight). "Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, so also it is now. Howbeit what saith the scripture? Cast out the handmaid and her son: for the son of the handmaid shall not inherit with the son of the freewoman. Wherefore, brethren, we are not children of a handmaid, but of the freewoman" (Gal. 4:28-31). (See also verses 21 to 27 of Galatians 4, and compare the metaphysical significance of Hagar and Ishmael with that of Sarah and Isaac.)

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