Genesis 16:14
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14  Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it is between Kadesh and Bered.

al KAYN ka-RA la-b’-AYR b’-AYR la-KHAI ro-EE hi-NAY vayn ka-DAYSH u-VAYN BA-red

יד  עַל־כֵּן קָרָא לַבְּאֵר בְּאֵר לַחַי רֹאִי הִנֵּה בֵין־קָדֵשׁ וּבֵין בָּרֶד׃

 16:14   Therefore the well was called Beer-lahairoi

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch (1808-1888)

No longer able to bear her suffering in the home of her mistress Sara, Hagar runs to the desert in search of relief and solitude. According to Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, when Hagar subsequently encounters the angel she realizes that one is never alone or out of God’s sight. The well where this encounter takes place is therefore named be’er lachai ro-ee (באר לחי ראי), the ‘well of the Living One who sees me.’ Specifically in Eretz Yisrael, God’s presence and watchful eye is felt strongly, as it says in Devarim (11:12) “on which Hashem your God always keeps His eye.”

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  • Again we see Abram listening to Sarai instead of keeping his Faith of a " promised child". This time Abram's faith faltered, but later God would tell Abram to listen to Sarai. Ishmael is the result of this, Ishmael meaning: " God shall hear". The wells name means: " the well of Him who lives and see's".

  • When YHWH’s angel appeared to Hagar, he painted prophetically the career of Abraham’s son, by whom she was pregnant at that time:
    “He will become a zebra of a man. His hand will be against everyone, and the hand of everyone will be against him, and before the face of all his brothers he shall dwell”.
    As is usual with this kind of predictions, the affairs that are previously announced often prove to be completed in the offspring rather than in the progenitor himself. Early events in the life of a progenitor often set the tone for the way in which action is taken by his posterity, even after many, many generations.
    Later, when Sarah noticed the son of Hagar, Ishmael. poking fun with her son Isaac, she said to Abraham: “Drive out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this bondwoman shall not be an heir with my son, with Isaac”.
    (Gen 21)
    We can conclude that Ishmael at that occasion showed the first signs of the hostile disposition that he would show later on, according to the prediction of YHWH’s angel. Therefore, the enmity of Islam towards Israel was unavoidable and will reach its climax in the attack by Gog / Magog, the culmination of that hostility.
    His aim? To destroy Israel completely.

Genesis 16:14

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