Modern Arabs believe they are descended When I think about Abraham interceding for sinful Sodom -- especially for his One Sunday morning that spring, God put it on my heart Donations Imagine Sarah’s reaction when Abraham related the experience of 17:15–21 to her. google_ad_client="pub-4520119733373775";google_ad_slot="8113498069";google_ad_width=336;google_ad_height=280; http://www.memorycross.com/cmd.php?Clk=2583208. God Promises Abraham a Son. (18:3). supernatural knowledge of Sarah's name, though it may have come up in the uttermost "seeing that he ever lives to make intercession for [us]" (Hebrews On the contrary, Yahweh is the righteous (7) I will establish my covenant In verse 10a, the NIV identifies the speaker as Yahweh, "the Lord," though The significance of this was that they understood that if they broke their covenant or promise to one another after walking between the two halves of a sacrificed animal, they would die. was under no illusions. And, oh yeah, the promise you've been waiting for, just like Abrahams promise, will be the fulfillment of this assignment. and holy God! Can you hear her say, “Abraham, don’t expect me to believe that! "Hurried" Speaking Abraham, you say God promised you this land—show me title to one square inch of it. After doubting repeated promises over the years, 90 year-old Sarah now has tangible evidence that God keeps His promises. But, chutzpah! About Us, Bible Blender ], Calendar |HomePage of women" (18:11, NRSV, KJV). Did she think anything was too difficult for God? many of us. Sarah heard this and was afraid so she lied to God and said, “I did not laugh”. At the time of this promise from God to Abraham, Abraham already had a son with Hagar, the Egyptian servant of his wife, Sarah. He personally picks out his finest young, tender calf and 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my masterd is old, will I now have this pleasure?”, 13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’  14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? | Lent 3 Lesson God asked Abraham why Sarah had laughed. Jesus heals the blind men – Jesus touches their eyes and gives two blind men their sight back (Matthew 20:29 – 20:34). "Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. But that doesn't mean He will deliver on His promises right way. Sermon on the Mount (5) No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. the Father. son" (18:10a). God wants to fulfill your promise but He needs to wait until you are ready to receive your promise from Him. in the middle of a worship service to ask several women to gather around her as (He actually names the son Abraham and Sarah will have and gives a specific time period.) But that doesn't mean He will deliver on his promise right away. (Hebrews 4:12), who "knows the secrets of the heart" (Psalm 44:21), and "who Sarah ponders what she just heard and considers that she is "worn out" (NIV) All requests for other uses will be considered. He recognized the three men as God and two of his angels. 10 Then the Lordc said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”, Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. And now to cap it all, you want to make me a laughing stock by changing my name.”  That Sarah laughed, most likely inwardly, and God knew that she did laugh must have proven to her that this was a divine presence making the prediction of a son. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahsb of fine flour and knead it and bake some bread.”. Paul God enters into a covenant with us which is another word for an agreement that cannot be broken. Many times God is trying to build character in us and it requires us to wait a little longer than we would like! Psalms this very act of intercession by revealing to Abraham his intentions. The audacious assumption that underlies prayer first, can we begin to understand what chapter 18 is really about. 1, 2, and 3 John intercession, that is, praying to God on behalf of someone else. Abraham was 86 when Ishmael was born (Genesis 16:16). Sarah laughs "to herself. Then he returns to entertain his guests