Sarah – Scandal To Salvation – Scandalous Women In The Bible
Friend: “Hannah, why do Christians act so Holier than Thou? Like goody two shoes who never sin.”
Me: I don’t think that is a fair assessment of Christians. Most Christians are just flawed people who have found salvation from scandal. Sinners saved by the mercy and grace of God.
Friend: “Really?” Going by the way most Christians have become so judgemental and critical, that is hard to believe.”
Me: Let me tell you about some scandalous people in the Bible and how they were able to find salvation in the midst of their sins and scandal.
Today, we shall be speaking about Sarai who became Sarah in our series on Scandalous Women in the Bible and how their Scandal, Sin and Shame was turned to salvation and redemption by the Lord God almighty who is able to forgive sins and change destinies for the best.
I will put a spin on the write ups:
I will start off by writing how our media houses today might have sensationalized and told the stories of these women. After that, I will write on what the Bible actually tells us happened.
The Media Headlines of Modern Times Would Probably Carry:
- Scientists are baffled and are trying to investigate how an elderly post menopausal woman could give birth to a healthy baby boy.
- Sister and Brother get married sending worldwide shockwaves.
- Wife given away to neighbors by her husband so he can get food and other favors.
- Woman surprises her friends by encouraging her husband to sleep with her maid.
- Woman anger’s and enrages feminists when she chooses to address her husband as, “My Lord.”
What the Bible Says:
1. God promised Sarah and her Husband Abraham a Son and that She would be the Mother of Nations.
15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”
17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”
10 And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”
(Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
2. Sarah, doubted the promises God had made to her husband Abraham. Because of her doubt and fear, she asked her husband to sleep with Hagar so that he could get children by her.
So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram
Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”
4 But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.”
4. Sarah, was Abraham’s Half Sister.
12 But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”
5. Scandal to Salvation: God kept his promise to Sarah and Abraham. Sarah gave birth to Isaac.
And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.
I pray this post encourages someone and let’s them know that God is faithful even when we are not faithful. God always keeps his promises.
I pray this post speaks to someone to let them know that whatever their sin, God can redeem and forgive them.
I pray this post inspires someone to let them know that whatever the scandal they find themselves in, whatever the world and everyone says about them, there is still Salvation. God is able to raise anyone from Scandal to Salvation.
The love of Jesus is so wide, so high, so deep there is no sin, no scandal, his love can’t make right.
The grace of Jesus is so immeasurable, there is no sin, no guilt, no shame, he can’t forgive and erase.
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