Updated: Jan 2
Sarah is the wife of Abraham, the mother of Isaac, and thus the ancestress of all Israel.
She married her uncle. Her brother is believed to be Lot.
Sarah’s ancestry is not clear. Genesis 11 relates that Abram and his brother Nahor married Sarai and Milcah, respectively (v. 29). It does not name Sarah’s father, even though it relates that Milcah was the daughter of Haran, Terah’s other son, and then names Haran’s other daughter, Iscah. When Gen 11:31 tells that “Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife” from Ur to Haran, it does not call Sarai Terah’s granddaughter. However, in Genesis 20, when Abraham explains his wife-sister ruse to Abimelech of Gerar, he claims that Sarah is his non-uterine sister (v. 12). This contradiction has led some readers to identify Sarah with the otherwise unknown Iscah. But this would make Sarai Abram’s niece, not his half sister; it would not explain why she is identified as daughter-in-law to Terah, not as his daughter.
She was beautiful.
She was barren. Which means, that she wasn't able to have children. Genesis 11:30
Her born-given name was actually Sarai. She is one of 4 people God changed names in the Bible. (The others were Abram - Abraham, Jacob - Isreal, Simon - Peter.)
Because you know I loooove the definition of names:
Sarai - means "princess"
Sarah - means "my princess"
Abram - means "high father"
Abraham means - "many/multitude"
So let's start with our devotion!
Let's start at the very beginning... a very good place to staaaart. *que Maria von Trapp singing*
Hop over to Genesis 12:10. Let's read verses 10 - 13.
Wow, what a foreshadow of what is to come, first of all. Abram goes down to Egypt because there is a famine in the land/Jacob's sons travels down to Egypt because of a famine.
So, Abram creates a plan before they enter Egypt. What is that plan?
We get to know in verse 11, that Sarai is beautiful. Because she is so beautiful, Abram knows that the people of Egypt will want to take her from him, and possibly kill him so that they can have her. Wow. So he's begging at this point, in verse 12.
Read Genesis 12:14 - 20
So obviously, Sarai obeys her husband and when they enter into Egypt, Abram's fear becomes true.
Sarai gets separated from her husband, that is pretending to be her brother. She gets taken to Pharoh's house!
Can you imagine?
Like, okay honey, I'm going to call you my sister and you're probably going to be taken to the King, so have fun!!
But get this, Pharoh treats Abram well, for her sake. So their plan actually worked!
Being enslaved to the Pharoh would have caused me to probably pray every minute. So, I imagine Sarai praying and fasting for God to rescue her from being held captive. God loves and protects Sarai by sending plagues to Egypt. Wow! Is there anything that God can not do? He saves her from slavery! And guess what? Pharoh sends them both out of Egypt with more money and animals than when they came in.
So, Abram, Sarai, and Lot leave Egypt and enter into the land we now know as Canaan. But you see, after a while Lot and Abram had to separate ways because their wealth was far too massive. So Lot leaves and well, we all know where he ends up later on. But cool side story, Lot gets captured by the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah while in battle with some other Kings at that time. Abram sends 318 trained servants to rescue Lot. He and his men actually save Lot and all his goods! This amazing story happened in Genesis 14:1-24!
Through all of this, Abram and Sarai were not satisfied because they had no children to inherit or carry on their generation. But God wakes Abram up in his sleep and says, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward." God is saying that Abram needs to stop worrying about what he needs when all he really needs is God. And what an exceedingly great reward He is!
But, of course, Abram replies with, "what will you give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus? (HINT: underline that guy's name because he will come back to our story later!)
Here, God makes a covenant with him and to all of the children of Abram, including us!!
Read Genesis 15:4-5
I love this next verse too!
Read Genesis 15:6
This verse is also mentioned in Hebrews 11! Aka, the "hall of faith" chapter.
Read Genesis 16:1-2
Can you imagine? I would feel like my pride would be wounded at this point! Just picture giving another woman to your husband so that he will get a child because your womb is infertile. How would that make you feel? Unloved? Unworthy? Neglected by God?
Abram listens to his wife and slept with Hagar. And after Hagar became pregnant, she looked down at Sarai.
Read Genesis 16:5-6
I would probably go to Abram angry as well. I mean, her own maidservant was treating her like dirt and she was carrying her husband's son! Jealousy, anger, and bitterness probably propelled her argue with Hagar.
Hagar ends up running away and she hides by a spring of water in the wilderness. The Angel of the Lord appeared to her. This is the 1st time in the Bible that an Angel fo the Lord appears to a human. Wow!
Read Genesis 16:7-16
Isn't it beautiful that even though Hagar was rejected by people, God still shows her mercy and love? Hagar calls on God by naming Him, "You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees." If you could fill in that last bit of His name, what would you say? "You-Are-the-God-Who-Loves," You-Are-the-God-Who-Forgives?"
God is still keeping His promise to Abram. God appeared to Abram when he was 99-years old. He's reminding Abram to walk in faith and keep trusting Him. He makes another covenant with Abram, saying He "will multiply you exceedingly."
And because God likes to do the unexpected... He changed Abram and Sarai's name.
Read Genesis 17:5, 15-16
And you want to know what Abraham did when he heard what the Lord promised?
Read Genesis 17:17
He laughed! Can you believe that? I mean, yeah having a kid in your 100's might be a little out there. But look back to what God had rescued them from? He literally placed them in Egypt, gave them the King's wealth and they have their own land to live in with all their livestock and servants. And they think God can't give them a child. So Abram laughs.
Sarai actually laughs later on in the story.
You see, the Lord takes the appearance of 3 men. 2 of the men were definitely angels because if you look ahead to chapter 18-19 you can read that 2 of the 3 men went towards Sodom. And God stayed behind to talk with Abram. So here's what I think and believe. One of them was Jesus. Abram and Sarai actually see the Messiah in the flesh and don't even know! Wow! Just think about this for a sec. Moses saw God's back and the interaction was so awesome that Moses had to hide his face since it blinded others because of its brightness. (Exodus 34:29-30)
So these 3 "men" visit Abraham and Sarah. After they wash their feet and are sitting comfortably sitting under a tree, Sarah begins cooking a meal for them. And you want to know what the first thing they say is? "Where is your wife?"
I don't really know why He said this, maybe He's trying to bring attention to her and point out that something is about to happen. And perhaps this is a test for her. Because you see soon after this the Lord speaks and says that Sarah's time has come and she's going to have a son. Sarah hearing these words laughs out loud! And the Lord hears her, obviously. But He says to Abraham, "why did Sarah laugh? Is there anything too hard for the Lord?"
Sarah heard these words spoken about her and began to be afraid. She tried denying that she laughed, but God replies, "No, but you did laugh!" Caught red-handed, Sarah!
At this point in time, the whole battle of Sodom and Gomorrah happen. Abraham reasons with God asking that He would save the city if 50 are righteous, and 45, 40,30, and so on till he gets down to if there were 10 righteous people. And God promises not to destroy the city if there are 10 people righteous within. But sadly, we all know how that turns out.
You can read that story in Genesis 18:16-19
So you think this story is finally at its climax right? Haha nope! Abraham and Sarah travel towards the south for a bit and enter the city of Gerar. And the King takes notice to how beautiful Sarah is! So they pull the "she's my sister card" again. But God sends a dream to King Abimelech, saying "you are a dead man for taking a man's wife!" So the King delivers Sarah back to her husband and through this whole thing, the King's wife and all the women in the land are sick and not able to have kids, so Abraham prays to heal the women of the land and the Queen. And the Lord opened their wombs and the whole kingdom feared and honored God. Can you imagine how Sarah is feeling at this point? All those years of waiting and waiting and the Lord lets all these random women start having babies, yet she has never held her own.
Let's read Genesis 21:1-3
The promised son has come!
The meaning of Isaac is "to laugh." Oh, the irony!
And here's Sarah's words after finally having a son: "God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me."
People don't think God approves of laughter, but I think He definitely has a sense of humor!
Abraham and Sarah were very old when they had Isaac. But in Biblical times, ages were a bit different. Although, usually at this point people did stop having kids. Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90. The time span between Abraham's other son, Ishmael, and Isaac was 14 years.
14 - What's with the number?
Okay, prepare yourself for these amazing symbolisms through the Word!
7. as we all know is the perfect number. It's known as a number of completion. Well, 7 x 2 = 14.
The number 14 stands for deliverance and salvation. Wow!
The 14th day of the 1st Hebrew month called Nisan is the Passover. This day was celebrated because the firstborn would mean deliverance from death. Cold bumps yet? Well, get ready for the next one.
On the 14th day of Nisan, Christ was crucified.
In the gospel of Matthew, it tells us that there are 3 groups of 14 generations from Abraham to Jesus. WOW.
According to the old Jewish numerology, the numerical value of the name, “David“ is 14.
Isaac, the promised son
Isaac is well known for resembling what the Messiah was going to do for the people of the Old Testament. You see, God was slowly revealing what was to come through His chosen people. He used Abraham's faith in sacrificing his son, his Son that held a promise. God's Son, Jesus, also holds a promise for us.
In Genesis 22, God had Abraham bring Isaac to a mountaintop to give a burnt offering. But God told Abraham to sacrifice his son. This symbolism literally gives me so many God-bumps right now! You see, this act of faith was God displaying what He was to do when He gave His only Son- Jesus as a sacrifice for us. But in this story of Abraham and Isaac, God provided a ram to sacrifice. He wanted to test Abraham's faith and trust. And Abraham named the mountain that all this happened, "The-Lord-Will-Provide."
He will provide
Sometimes we think, God, why is this taking forever? Why can't I have a boyfriend? Where is my future husband? Why can't I just get past this certain issue in my life already? But you see, just like God gave His son in the perfect time, He will give whatever you need or desire at the perfect time- His time.
Sarah lived to be 120-years old! She was buried in a cave that Abraham bought and later he was buried right beside her after living to be 175-years old.
I want to dive into Rebekah next because her story is so romantic! As a young girl, I read this story and wanted my love story to be like Isaac's and Rebekah's. So stay tuned for her story next!
You can go ahead and begin to read about Rebekah in Genesis 24!