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Summary: The story of Abraham and Sarah teaches what a lack of faith and trust can cause.

Do You Lack Faith And Trust In God?

Genesis 16:1-16

1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 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 had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. 4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, "My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The LORD judge between you and me." 6 So Abram said to Sarai, "Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please." And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence. 7 Now the Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And He said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?" She said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai." 9 The Angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand." 10 Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, "I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude." 11 And the Angel of the LORD said to her: "Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has heard your affliction. 12 He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man's hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren." 13 Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, "Have I also here seen Him who sees me?" 14 Therefore the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; observe, it is between Kadesh and Bered. 15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

What one word is Christianity all about?

The answer is FAITH!

Hebrews 11:6 says But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

When we think about people in the Bible who exhibited faith

Abraham quickly comes to mind.

What about Sarai, also known as Sarah, the wife of Abraham?

The Bible says she was 10 years younger than Abraham

and she married him in a place called Ur of the Chaldees.

Genesis 20:12 tells us she was also Abraham’s half-sister.

They had the same father, but different mothers.

When Abraham left Haran to go to Canaan,

Sarai was about 65 years old.

She lived to be 127 years old.

Though the Bible doesn’t give us a description of Sarai,

She must have been a very attractive woman.

Genesis tells us that one day Abraham took Sarai to Egypt.

Abraham was afraid the Egyptians would kill him

So they could take his wife because of her beauty.

the Egyptians would see in his 65-year-old wife.

So Abraham said that she was his sister,

not revealing that she was his wife.

Several years later, Abraham did the same thing again

at the court of Abimelech, king of Gerar.

Sarai had one big problem.

She had been unable to conceive a baby.

So when she was about 75 years of age,

she decided God would not fulfill His promise to Abraham

to have children through her.

God had promised Abraham

that He would make a great nation through Abraham.

Yet, Sarai had no children.

Because of her lack of faith, she persuaded her husband

to take Hagar, her personal handmaid, as a secondary wife.

He did as he was told and became the father of Ishmael.

Ishmael became the father of the Arab nation,

but that was not the nation God had in mind.

When Sarah was about 89-years-old,

God promised her that she herself would bear a son.

She gave birth to Isaac and that name means “he laughs”.

The Bible says Sarai laughed in her heart when God told her

she would bear a son in her old age.

When God promised her a son, He changed her name to Sarah.

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