Sarah’s Faith (Mother’s Day)

Sarah is a great woman of the Bible who you could say is the quintessential mother.  Everything the Holy Spirit records about Sarah’s life is in relationship to her son. Sarah’s faith is very much like a believer’s faith for salvation.

Sarah’s faith justified her

  • (Genesis 11:30) You’re introduced to Sarai in Genesis 11 by being told she is not a mother.  Not only is it said once, but twice. Sarai was barren; she had no child.
    • Some failures are indiscretions.
    • Some failures are indecision.
    • Some failures are inabilities.
  • Faithlessness (Genesis 16:1-2,15)
    • Abraham and Sarai have come back from Egypt with more than what they went in with.
      • Sarai has an Egyptian handmaid now.
      • They may even have some Egyptian culture that rubbed off on them.
      • Sarai suggests to Abram that Hagar be the surrogate mother for their heir.
    • Sarah went to work trying to figure out how to make a promise of God work.
    • Like religion says I’ll help God out in His plan.  Instead of believing and yielding to what God has already said, religion says let me try to accomplish in the flesh what only God’s Spirit can do.
  • Foolishness (Genesis 18:9-15)
    • Sarah’s thought that God could not bring forth a miraculous birth.
    • Is anything too hard for the Lord?
    • Laughter when the Lord calls her out in Genesis 18 then her perspective changes.  Nay, but thou didst laugh.  The Lord revealing He knows everything about her.
  • Fearfulness (Genesis 20:1-3)
    • This was done before in Egypt.  Old habits die hard.
    • God’s protection on Sarah’s promised son.  God protects His promises.
  • But none of these failures are recorded in Hebrews.  By faith justified.

Sarah’s faith caused God to work (Genesis 21:1-3 & Hebrews 11:11)

  • Through faith…
  • Believed God for a supernatural birth
    • Sarah could not produce what God wanted to produce in her.
    • So a sinner cannot make himself a child of God.  That power is with God and given to them that believe, like Sarah.
    • John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
  • Believed God for a supernatural deliverance
    • The deliverance would wipe away the past struggle.
    • Deliverance for Christian from this old body into a new that will wipe away past struggle.
    • Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
    • 1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Sarah’s fruitfulness

  • Believing God yielded fruitfulness she never dreamed of (Hebrews 11:12)
  • Sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many…
    • Stars – heavenly descendents
    • Sand – earthly descendents
  • Something she could not produce in herself was produced multiplied millions of times over.