Genesis 21:1-8

Genesis 18:15, “Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.”

In most cases one sin makes way for another, and the doubting of God’s word is even a greater sin.

On the other hand, it is really good to see how honest the Bible is, because it records the sins even of the best of the saints; yet how loving the Spirit of God is in the New Testament for Sarah’s sin. It is not mentioned, because it had been forgiven and blotted out, but the fact that she called her husband ‘lord’ is recorded to her honor.

We serve a loving and a gracious God who, when our hearts are right, commends our good, and leaves our past sin out of the picture.  Let’s be careful not to ruin the joy of his promises and his grace by our bad attitudes or actions.

But now I want to focus on Genesis 21:6, “And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.”

Sarah is making reference to Genesis 18:12; and she seems to use the word laugh in 21:6, not in the sense of being unbelieving but to express joy. We see a similar case in Luke 24:41, where the disciples were so overcome with the good news of our Lord’s resurrection, that it is said, “they believed not for joy.”

Their joy was so great and His appearance was so sudden and unexpected that they were confused; yet still looked for more evidence of the truth of what they wanted to believe. This is human nature. We have similar expressions in English, such as “the news is too good to be true;” or, “I just can’t believe it; it is too much for me.”

Sarah is saying that God has made me to laugh and has given me reason to rejoice and J.  And it also gives reason for our friends to rejoice with us.

The same was true when John the Baptist was born in Luke 1:57-58, “Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.”

Here is a great lesson for us tonight: When any of us get an answer to a promise in God’s Word, others ought to share our joy.

We need to tell others what the Lord has done for us so that they can rejoice with us and cause them to J.


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