Genesis 16:14 Therefore the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; observe, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
Ten years have passed since God’s promise to make Abram a father of many nations. So, Sarai came up with a plan, she would allow Abram to take her maidservant as wife and have a child with her.
That did not go so well. This servant from Egypt, now pregnant with the child of a wealthy man (Genesis 13:2) she no longer felt as an outsider but felt herself better than Sarai. She was carrying Abram’s child, not Sarai. Problem!
Sarai, after complaining about Hagar’s attitude, was given the authority to do whatever she wished to Hagar. She kicked her out of camp and sent her home.
A messenger of God found her be a spring, possibly heading back to Egypt. But God had a message for her.
- I will multiply your descendants exceeding.
- You will have a boy.
- His name will be Ishmael (God hears).
- He will be a wild man.
- Every man’s hand will be against him.
- He will dwell in the presence of all his brothers.
She was so excited that God had seen and heard her affliction she called the well, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees.
But, God says to observe where it is located. It is located between Kadesh and Bered. Does that mean anything to you? Well, let’s translated the words and see what it says.
Observe, it (the God who sees) is between Kadesh (holy) and Bered (hail or judgment). Nothing escapes God’s notice. He sees everything between what is holy and what has to be judged. And to remind her he gave her a son whose name is God-hears.