God Promises Sarah A Son by Tony Nester

God Promises Sarah a Son
Tony Nester
Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7

When God called Abraham to leave his home in Haran and
journey to the promised land of Canaan God promised
Abraham that he would become the patriarch of a great
and numerous family. This was a precious hope for
Abraham and Sarah because they were old in years and
had produced no children. Surely one of the reasons
why Abraham and Sarah made that journey was their hope
that their long years of childlessness would come to
an end. They wanted a family of their own.

Once in the Promised Land they hoped for the child
that God had promised them. But the years passed by
and Sarah did not conceive. It was a painful

Dr. Clovis Chappel once told about a custom from his
Sunday School days called the Christmas Tree
Entertainment. It was held in a small town and
everyone attended. The Tree was decorated with
candles and loaded with presents. Santa Claus made an
appearance and began handing out presents to those
whose names had been put on the tree. There was a
young, mentally challenged, hired hand there from
somebody's farm. His name had not been called and he
was looking very disappointed. Then Santa Claus took
down the largest box on the tree and called his name.
The boys face was filled with excitement as he reached
for the box. But then, when he opened it, his face
changed to a look of despair. The box was empty.
Somebody had played him for the fool and tricked the
most underprivileged person in the town.

It's a sad story. But life often turns up empty
boxes. We get our hopes up only to have them
disappointed, sometimes in cruel ways. It was like
that for Abraham and Sarah. God had promised them
children, many of them. But month after month Sarah
did not conceive and God's promise seemed like an
empty box.

Genesis 18 tells the story of God renewing His promise
to give Abraham and Sarah a child. It comes long
after Abraham and Sarah have quite given up hope.
They've settled into their disappointment with God.
They have been living with a broken dream. And when
God renews His promise, Sarah can only laugh.

(Genesis 18:1-15 NRSV) The LORD appeared to Abraham
by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his
tent in the heat of the day. {2} He looked up and saw
three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran
from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to
the ground. {3} He said, "My lord, if I find favor
with you, do not pass by your servant. {4} Let a
little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest
yourselves under the tree. {5} Let me bring a little
bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that
you may pass on--since you have come to your servant."
So they said, "Do as you have said." {6} And Abraham
hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, "Make ready
quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, ...

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