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Sarah laughed but so did Abraham! I have always wondered why did God rebuk
Sarah laughed but so did Abraham!

I have always wondered why did God rebuke Sarah for laughing and not Abraham. It just always seemed to me very unfair thing for God to do in rebuking Sarah and not Abraham.

I have always had a ƒ¯thing' about the mistreatment of women. This was one example of that mistreatment but this time by God and not by men. For God is the lover of my soul my female soul. He loves both male and female and He created us both in His image.

I have been doing a daily devotional book on women of the Bible. The second week was about Sarah. I was again reminded of this injustice I saw in these verses. The book is Women of the Bible by authors Spangler and Syswerda.

Then my Tuesday morning ladies Bible study group started a Bible study about women of the Bible. The second week is on Sarah, which I am doing now. In reading these verses again, I saw something in them that I had not seen before concerning the laughter. The Bible study is Life principles from the women of the Bible by Barber, Rasnake and Shepard.

Genesis 17:17
Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born to man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear a child?

Genesis 18:12-15
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, ƒ¯After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?'

And the LORD said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ƒ¯Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?'
Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
But Sarah denied it, saying, ƒ¯I did not laugh,' for she was afraid. And he said, "No; but you did laugh!'

Abraham laughed out loud. It was like he was saying Wow! I am going to have a son. I can hardly wait.

Sarah laughed inside herself, and then denied laughing. It was like she was saying, right God I am going to have a child in my old age past menopause. She doubted God's promise. She always doubted God's promise that's why she gave her slave girl Hagar to Abraham. Sarah failed to trust God completely.

In Hebrews 11:11 considered Him faithful. She was no longer relying on Abraham's faith in God but her own faith.

It is always amazing to me that God's word always has something new to learn an insight that I missed before.

Psalm 26:14
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strength your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Thnk you Lord! for loving me.
:coffee: drinking tea and learning something new in God's word.:prop:

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Published: Mar 27 2008 12:05:50pm

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Stephanie Pearson (@rosiehunny)

hi! i just joined this great community (seriously, like not more than an hour ago) and i came across your blog...have you ever read "Captivating" by John and Staci Eldredge? i'm not a big reader myself...and have only just started to really delve into the Bible, but i was given this book by a close friend of mine and it has done WONDERS for my soul. the reason i asked is because they discuss the mistreatment of women throughout history, and i think you may find some very interesting things in there, relating to Satan's special hatred for women and how he has used humanity to stunt her. i am very thankful that you wrote this blog! thank you for following our Lord, Jesus Christ in your have made a difference! ~rosiehunny

LaVrai Blogs (@lavrai)

I'm glad you pointed this out. I had actually never noticed that both Abraham and Sarah laughed at this good news -- but for very different reasons. Abraham did not doubt GOD's promise (he was amazed), but Sarah did (she found it hard to believe) -- as you pointed out. And isn't it interesting that even after GOD gives Abraham this good news and Abraham passes it on to Sarah, that the matriarch of the people of Israel still insists her husband impregnate her maid Hagar...who bares Ishmael (Gen. 15 & 16)? When GOD had given Abraham this promise in Gen. 15, Abraham believed and was found righteous in GOD's eyes. Yet when Abraham tells this to's like it goes in one ear and right out the other. Good post. --LaVrai

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