Proverbs 8:20 - "I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:"

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From Sarai to Sarah:

     Sarah, the wife of Abraham, became a mother of nations, and

kings came from her. Sarah was the only woman in the Bible

whose name was changed by God. First, she was first called 

Sarai, which means “my princess.” Then, God changed her

name  to Sarah, indicating “princess” to all (Soncino

Commentary, comments on Genesis 17:15).

 

Why was Sarai’s name changed to Sarah?

     God shows us in Genesis 17:16: “And I will bless her and

also give you [Abraham] a son by her; then I will bless her, and

she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from

her.” Sarah, a princess: She would be a mother of future

nations. Also, Sarah would be a mother of kings of people,

royal lineages would come from her, and she would be the

mother of the royal line of King David, from which the coming

Savior. God promised Sarah a son, and his name was to be

called Isaac (Genesis 17:19). God would establish His covenant

with Isaac as He did with Abraham, his father, for an everlasting

covenant. Also, God would prove His covenant with the

descendants of Isaac. Sarah learned to fully trust God!

     For many years, Sarah had been unable to have children.

Now, remember that this was in Old Testament times, Sarah

decided to give her handmaid, Hagar, to her husband in order

to acquire children by her. This was not God’s plan for giving

Abraham and Sarah an heir and was terrible mistake from

which they both had to learn to fully trust in God. God’s

promise was not fulfilled by Abraham and Sarah’s efforts for

their plan to have a child through Sarah’s handmaid, Hagar.

God performed a miracle when He gave Abraham His promised

heir through Sarah.

      Once Hagar had given birth to Ishmael, Hagar hated Sarah

and Sarah dealt harshly with her handmaid. After many years

had passed, Ishmael grew and had a relationship with his

father. Finally, when Sarah was 90 years old, God again

promised her a son. Sarah laughed, and overheard when God

told Abraham, “I will certainly return to you according to the

time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son”

(Genesis 18:10).

     Nothing is too hard for God. God can do anything! He excels

at all things, which is why He stated, “At the appointed time I

will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall

have a son” (Genesis 18:14). Sarah learned to genuinely

believe that God could and would do what He said. “By faith

Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she

bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged

Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and

him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars in

multitude—innumerable as the sand which is on the seashore”

(Hebrews 11:11-12).

 

The Apostle Paul used Sarah as an example to teach an

important lesson regarding the New Covenant:

     The apostle Paul refers to Sarah as the “freewoman”

(Galatians 4). What did he mean by "freewoman?" When Isaac

was young, he was mocked by his half-brother, Ishmael,

Hagar’s son. “Therefore she [Sarah] said to Abraham, ‘Cast out

this bondwoman [Hagar] and her son [Ishmael]; for the son of

this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with

Isaac” (Genesis 21:10).

     God told Abraham to listen to Sarah (Genesis 21:12). The

Apostle Paul used this situation as symbolic of the spiritual

inheritance from God. We can look to Jesus Christ as our

example! But we can also learn from the lives of Abraham and

Sarah. We are children of promise as Isaac was. And Sarah and

Abraham are now counted as our ancestors in the faith, if we

have faith. They will be counted as the parents of many

believing nations. “And if you are Christ’s, then you are

Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”

(Galatians 3:29).

 

Sarah, as an example for Christian women today: “Do not let

your adornment be merely outward … rather let it be the hidden

person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle

and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For

in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in

God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own

husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose

daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any

terror” (1 Peter 3:3-6).

     The faithful women of God adorned themselves with a meek

and quiet spirit, and were submissive to their husbands—as

Sarah obeyed and respected Abraham with honor. The

emphasis of this example is that women of God are to honor

their husbands. As children of faith, we are all the children

of Abraham and Sarah; and as they did, we are to be submitting

to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21).

First and foremost we look to Jesus Christ as our

example! Also, we can learn from the lives of Abraham and

Sarah. Like Isaac, we are children of promise! Now, Sarah and

Abraham are counted as our ancestors in the faith, if we have

faith. They will be counted as the parents of many believing

nations. “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed,

and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).

 

We can look at Sarah as an example for Christian women

today: “Do not let your adornment be merely outward … rather

let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible

beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the

sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy

women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being

submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham,

calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and

are not afraid with any terror” (1 Peter 3:3-6).