Sarah—Mother of Promise
INTRODUCTION: Sarah, the mother of Isaac, received proof
positive that God fulfills His promise. From her life
one can learn many profitable lessons; such as, the
danger of becoming impatient with God, the futility of
replacing God's plans with man's, the importance of
unquestioning faith in God.
She was from Ur of the Chaldees
She was Abraham's wife and
half-sister (Genesis 20:12).
She was a very
beautiful woman (Genesis 12:11).
She was en route to
Canaan at age 65 (she was 10 years younger than Abraham;
cf. Genesis 12:4; 17:17.).
She was childless for
ninety years (Genesis 11:30; 17:17).
NAME (Genesis 17:15).
She was first named "Sarai."
The meaning of it: "God is Prince."
significance of it: it provides an insight into her
parents' spirituality, as they apparently esteemed God
She was later named "Sarah."
of it: "Princess."
The significance of it: Sarah,
who had regarded God as a prince, was to become a
princess (she was a forebear of princes, kings, and the
a mother (she bore a son in her old age).
women regarded children as a blessing, and barrenness as
a curse (cf Psalms 127:3; 128:3).
Hebrew women were
especially proud of sons (because of God's promise to
As a matron (she entertained the Lord and two
angels "unawares." Genesis 18; cf Hebrews 13:2).
Lord renewed the promise of a son (Genesis 18:10).
The Lord announced the destruction of Sodom (Genesis
HER SIGNIFICANCE: SHE
EXEMPLIFIED MARY IN MANY RESPECTS.
received Divine announcements of their son's births.
Both received prior announcements of their son's births.
Both conceived by the aid of the Lord.
told what to name their sons.