Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sarah's Daughters

In the Genesis 12 account; Abram and his wife Sarai were going down to Egypt.

"As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, 'I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, "This is his wife." Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.'"

Abraham feared for his life due to the inner and outer beauty of His wife. This passage of scripture raises a lot of questions. The primary one would be Sarah’s beauty. Also, we need to remember that Sarah was not as young as she once was. Her and Abraham were advanced in years… she was seen as beautiful at age 65? Possibly.

Abram and Sarai were given a new name and a new promise. They were the heirs to the lineage of God’s descendants, that would outnumber the stars in the sky. Sarah was a noble and virtuous woman who waited upon God and trusted that God was and is true to His word.

Sarah’s beauty was clearly outward, but wasn’t merely so. She had a meek and gentle spirit. She trusted and believed God, and lived out her faith. She served God and then the needs of her family. She strived to more like Christ, thinking of herself with humility and was not conceited. I’m sure she laid down her life for them, day by day. She lived a quite life, with excellence and sobriety. She respected and loved her husband, and encouraged him to be the man of God he was called to be.

“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 3:5-6)

If we believe God, live out our faith and don’t give place to fear, we too, can be Sarah’s daughters.

By: Kristin McLeod

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