Sarah part 2

by John Thomas Lowe
(Woodruff, S.C.)

part 2
7. Sarah laughs with joy that her faith has borne fruit.
Sarah has left her family for a man who lives in tents. This is like leaving Beverly Hills for a guy living in a broken-down camper. Her husband tells her to lie twice, but she puts up with it because she is committed to Abraham and his God. Persevering in the faith is what defines believers:
Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time, I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” However, Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.” (Gen. 18:11-15)
8. By divine promise, Sarah eventually conceives.
God delighted to bring forth a child in Sarah’s old age so everyone would know it was the Lord’s doing. He did it to glorify his name. The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. Moreover, Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time when God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son, Isaac, who was born to him, and Sarah bore him.
Furthermore, Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Moreover, Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” (Gen. 21:1-7)
9. Scripture’s judgment of Sarah is one of charity, and we should do the same.
Even though she made a mistake, God had a judgment of charity for Sarah. Hebrews 11 commends her faith:
By faith, Sarah received the power to conceive, even when she was past the age since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. (Heb. 11:11-12)
Hebrews 11 helps us know how to read the Old Testament. God’s promise is not earthly in its total fulfillment. If the Old Testament saints heard the promises of God as an earthly inheritance, they could have gone back to their old land. We know their faith by what they said and what they did, and that part is the same for us today. The Old Testament saints sought the same eternal homeland we are (Heb. 11:13-16). By faith, they waited for it.
10. The Lord has that same judgment of charity toward us all.
We, too, can say, “Lord, please bless this mess I made.” Sarah had her bad moments—don’t we all? Perhaps you have been hurt by the church or individual Christians. It is good to have a judgment of charity in the church as much as possible, just as God had for Sarah. The Lord has a city that he has prepared for every believer, and one day all of God’s saints shall arrive there safely in glory:
Moreover, all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us, they should not be made perfect. (Heb. 11:39-40)

1. Sarah Definition & Meaning
SARAH is the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac, a kinswoman of Tobias.
2. Sarah | biblical figure |
Sarah, also spelled rai in the Old Testament, was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. Sarah was childless until she was 90 years old. God promised Abraham that she would be “a mother of nations” (Genesis 17:16).
3. Sarah - Baby Name Meaning, Origin, and Popularity
Sarah is an Old Testament name—she was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. According to the Book of Genesis, Sarah was initially called Sarai but had her name changed by God to the more favorable Sarah when she was ninety years old. Sarah is a timeless classic, as perpetually stylish as it is traditional.

The name Sarah is often translated as “princess”—though Sarah’s more literal meaning in Hebrew and Persian is “woman of high rank.” Ask anyone named Sarah what their name means, and you will likely get an enthusiastic response: “Princess!” you may also see the name Sarah interpreted as “noblewoman.”
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4. Sar·ah
DEFINITION: (in the Bible) the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac.
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5. Name Meaning, What does Sarah mean? - Think Baby
Sarah is a girl’s name, which is pronounced SARE-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Sarah is “princess.” Biblical: originally called Sarai, Sarah was the wife of Abraham. She is described as being exceptionally beautiful.
6. Who was Sarah in the Bible?
Sarah was simple, beautiful ( Genesis 12:11 ), and very human; she made mistakes as we all do. She stepped ahead of God and tried to handle His business on her own by foolishly sending her handmaid.
Born: Sarai · Ur of the Chaldees
Died: Hebron
Spouse(s): Abraham
Children: Isaac
She is the only one recorded in the Bible that God Himself renamed. Her former name Sarai means “my princess.”
Sarah was an older woman when she bore Isaac. It was apparent to all those around her that God had worked a miracle! The long wait for a fulfilled miracle was a witness to generations of Israelites.
Sarai is the original name of Sarah, the wife, and half-sister of Abraham
Most people with the Bible are familiar with the fact that Sarah was the wife of Abraham. However, some do not know that Sarah had another name before she was named Sarah. Likewise, in the light of who Abraham was, Sarah held an important position and played a significant role in establishing the Jewish people.
Sarah was born Sarai and raised in the Ur of the Chaldees, in modern-day Iraq. It was located on the Euphrates River, not far upstream from where the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers join. Sarai was married to Abram, whom we know as Abraham. Abram was the oldest of three sons of a man named Terah.
Abram had two other brothers, Nahor and Haran. However, his brother Haran died, leaving behind a son whom we know as Lot, and a daughter, Milcah, who became the wife of Abram’s brother Nahor. After Haran’s death, Terah took Abram and Sarai, along with Lot, and left Ur of the Chaldees. They traveled far upstream to the land of Haran, where they lived until Terah died. Abram, being the oldest of the sons, adopted Lot, his nephew, into his family, and not long after, they left as God directed them to what would later become Israel.
Sarai’s testimony (Genesis 16:1:1-16)
Sarai was barren (Genesis 11:30) so having Lot in the family provided her with the opportunity to be a sort of foster mother to Lot. However, for a woman not to be able to produce children on her own, it was believed to be a sign that something in the woman’s life was causing God not to bless her. This brought anguish, shame, and despair to Sarai.
Since Sarai could not produce a child for Abram, she made a decision that would affect all of humanity. She decided to give Hagar, her Egyptian maid, to Abram to produce a child. Abram accepted Sarai’s offer to produce a child through Hagar and the result was the birth of Ishmael. However, more than just a child was produced. With the pregnancy, Hagar despised Sarai, and Sarai became jealous and harsh with Hagar. Hagar then left and went into the wilderness of Shur.
Pregnant and alone in the wilderness, an angel of the Lord spoke to Hagar. The angel told her to return to Sarai. He also told her that she would bear a son, Ishmael because God heard her affliction. He said that Ishmael would be a wild man, and his hand would be against every man, and would one day have many sons and live in the presence of all his brethren in Shur. Ishmael would later become the father of all Arab peoples.
Sarai’s changed life (Genesis 17)
After this, God spoke to Abram and made a covenant with him. As part of this covenant, God told Abram that he and Sarai would have a child named Isaac. God also said that the covenant and blessings that went along with it would be established through Isaac and his descendants, not Ishmael (Genesis 17:18-21).
During this conversation, God also changed the names of Abram and Sarai. He changed Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah. With these name changes would come changes to Abraham and Sarah’s life. In Sarah’s case, God would bless her with the birth of Isaac. However, He would also make her “a mother of nations,” and “kings of people” would come from her descendants.
Despite these promises, Abraham and Sarah found it hard to believe as they were 100 and 90 years old, respectively. When Abraham heard this, he laughed. Later, when Sarah heard this, she laughed (Genesis 18:9-15). However, as God had promised, Isaac, whose name means laughter (Genesis 21:3-7), was born, and the covenant was established. Sarah died at the age of 127 years and was buried in a cave Abraham purchased in Machpelah, known today as Hebron (Genesis 23).

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