We often hear of the fathers of the faith, the “patriarchs” of Judaism, but we don’t hear so much about the “matriarchs” – the mothers of the faith. Sarah, first called Sarai, was the faithful wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac. This makes her the mother of the Jewish people and a s(hero) to both Christians and Jews. Sarah was an amazing lady! Her story is found throughout the book of Genesis. She is also listed in Hebrews 11 Hall of Faith and mentioned in Isaiah 51:2, Romans 4:19, Romans 9:9 and 1 Peter 3:6. Here are three things we can learn from Sarah:
In Genesis 16 and Genesis 21:8-21, we come across the story of Hagar. Hagar was the slave girl of Sarai (later Sarah), who was the wife of Abram (later Abraham). God had promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child and He would make of them a great nation. But they were very, very old and not quite sure they could bear a baby. Abraham and Sarah believed God but their faith sometimes wavered and doubt often clouded their hope. After a long time of waiting, their promised child had still not arrived and Sarah decided to take matters into her own hands. She told her husband to take Hagar and have a baby by her. As soon as Hagar became pregnant with her son called Ishmael, Sarah began to treat her badly and Hagar fled from her mistress’ abuse. Alone in the wilderness, Hagar met the Angel of the Lord who encouraged her and gave her strength. Here is what we can learn from Hagar’s story.