Sarah Laughed Twice

Genesis 18

9 “Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked.

“She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied.

10 Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!”

Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. 11 Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children. 12 So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?”

13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

15 Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.”

But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.”

Abraham’s age is 99 and Sarah’s age is 89 years old. God and two angels went to visit Abraham and they prophesied that Sarah and Abraham will have a child in a years time.

Sarah did the unthinkable. She scoffed at God.

SARAH LAUGHED ridiculing the impossible word of God. For that, she was Shamed (v15).

One year later

Genesis 21

1 The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. 2 She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. 3 And Abraham named their son Isaac. 4 Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. 5 Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.

6 And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. 7 Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!”

Sarah’s attitude changed so much in one year. Doubt blinded her. But now she is full of faith, being a witness of God’s miracle. She will not be ridiculed as barren anymore! Not only that, God blessed her with a boy! Sarah was overjoyed.

This time, at the other end of the spectrum, comes a new Sarah:

SARAH LAUGHED in awe at the impossible works of God. For that, she Celebrated Publicly (v6).

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