No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

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Outside of Jesus, it could be argued that no biblical figure is more important than Abraham. He’s the individual through whom God chose to bless the entire world (Genesis 12:3). He’s the individual who so modeled faith that he could be called “the man of faith” (Galatians 3:9). He’s the individual who had such an intimate relationship with God that he “was called a friend of God” (James 2:23). What can we learn from the first follower?

They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The Lordsaid, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The Lordsaid to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 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.” 15 But Sarah denied it, saying, ‘I did not laugh,’ for she was afraid. He said, ‘No, but you did laugh.’

Genesis 18:9-15