Abraham was a man of God. He talked to God and God talked to him. One night God told him to look at the stars and count them if he could. "So shall your descendants be," God said. Even so, Abram (as he was called then) and his wife, Sarai did not have a child at that time. They grew older and older and there was still no child.
Sarah decided that God didn't mean for her to have a child, so she let her Egyptian servant, Hagar, take her place to have a child in the family. A son, Ishmael, was born to Abraham.
Once during a severe famine Abraham moved his family to Egypt. Before they got to Egypt he asked Sarah to tell the people she was his sister. She was a beautiful woman and Abraham was afraid the Egyptians would kill him in order to have his wife. She was called to the attention of Pharaoh and he took her into his house, but terrible things began happening to him. God sent plagues upon Pharaoh's house. He found out they had lied to him and that Sarah was really Abraham's wife. He sent them away letting Abraham keep all the sheep, oxen, donkeys and camels he had given him.
Abraham told the same lie again to King Abimelech. The king was going to take Sarah as his wife because he had been told she was Abraham's sister. Actually she was his half-sister, but it was still a lie because she was also his wife. God appeared to Abimelech in a dream and told him he was a dead man if he married Sarah. The king confronted Abraham with the lie and released Sarah to her husband. He also gave Abraham animals, servants and a thousand pieces of silver.
When Abram was 99 years old God renewed His covenant (His promise) with him and changed his name to Abraham and Sarai was to be called Sarah.
One day three men came to Abraham's tent. He had food prepared for them and they began to talk to him. They told him Sarah was going to have a son. Sarah, who was listening inside the tent, laughed out loud because she was 90 years old and her husband was 100! That was very old for a couple to be having a child. The messenger from God said, "Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."
And so she did. A son was born to her when she was 90 years old and Abraham named him Isaac, a word which means "laughter".
Sarah when she died was 127 years old. Her son Isaac would have been 37. Abraham bought a field near Hebron in which there was a cave. The owner wanted to give it to him, but he insisted on paying for it. He buried Sarah in the cave of Machpelah.
We read of Sarah in the New Testament in 1 Peter 3:5-6 "And they followed the lead of their own husbands. Sarah was like that. She obeyed Abraham. She called him her master. Do you want to be like her? Then do what is right. And don't give in to fear. " (New International Reader's Version)
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What does this story
mean to me?
Sometimes we think we know what is best for our lives and we work to make it happen, but God may have a different timetable for events to occur. His schedule may be different from ours. We need to learn patience and wait for God to bring about changes in our lives.
We make mistakes and do wrong things just as Abraham and Sarah did, but God is forgiving and will bless us if we repent and change our ways.
"Sarah shall be her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son by her;
then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her."
Genesis 17:15-16 NKJV
You can read about Sarah in
Genesis 20 and 21
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Sarah & Abraham: The Wonderful Promise
By Carine Mackenzie / Christian Focus Publications
Sarah and Abraham were told to leave their home and travel to a new country. God had given them a wonderful promise which seemed too good to be true. But as they obeyed God and began their adventure, they discovered that God always keeps his promises.
Bible story from Genesis chapters 12-24 is illustrated and told for children. Age recommendations: to be read to 5-6 years of age; to read alone 7-9 years of age.
Great People of the Bible: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob & Joseph, DVD
By Questar Video
The inspiring story of their family through four generations. Abraham's faith pleased God and he became founder of the Jewish nation. Sarah became mother of a nation and anscestor of Jesus. Isaac was the miracle child; he was the first descendant in fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham. Jacob was the third link in God's plan to start a nation from abraham; he was the father of the 12 tribes of Israel. Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob and Rachel and was known for his personal integrity and as man of spiritual sensitivity. Region 0. Approx. 2 hours.
Most Recent Comments ( See more comments on this page ) 2011-04-15
Hello Mrs. Stevens,
What a pleasure to the good news on net! Really sometimes for some reason It's not easy at all for some of us to read the Bible regularly. Anyway I love reading about the life of these two great people in the Bible. I learn two things very important about them. I'll start with Abraham who in fact because of him I'am what i'am. The Bible calls him the father of all nations, we're blessed through him being the father of our faith. Abraham was so obedient to God that he still believed in him for a son then went ahead to exercise his faith by offering him for a sacrifice. Wow that's great faith one can ever think of! Sarah on the other hand really loved her husband to an extent of wishing him to have a son with another woman. I mean, where would you find that? Yes from a Biblical point of view It's wrong but I hope someone understands what I'm trying to say. I'm sure Abraham simply did sleep with Hagar because he had total assurance form his wife that indeed she was in agreement with him. Love does not envy but I think hers was exceptional. Sarah had total trust, faith, love and respect for her husband. How many Sarahs are out there?
God bless you big.
So when the Lords says that she will be mother of nations does this maker higher arch over Virgin Mary? Just curious since Virgin Mary is so idolized. (very interesting).
I am Christian which I understand Lord Jesus is one to be praised.
I love this websites it is realling teaching me alot and i know i have done foolishness and bad stuffs over the past and i hope God will forgive .
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