Week 2  Day 5

Abraham and Sarah had waited twenty-five years
      for God to deliver on the promised child
The event of their lifetimes is told in just eight verses
      and the writer moves on
      to other things.

The name "Isaac" means laughter -
       joy
      surprise
      awe
      incredibility
      just plain funny . . .
Sarah thought everyone would laugh

Maybe God wanted everyone to know
      that their child, Isaac 
      was a miracle
      God's work
At ages 90 and 100, what other conclusion could there be!


What did it mean that Abraham and Sarah believed God?
One aspect of their faith
      was to live with the expectancy
      that God was doing something extraordinary
      and that they were involved
They did not know the timetable
      or other specifics
But with trust in their eyes
      they could see that their God
      was directing a big picture.

                                     "LAUGHTER" 
        The promised child, the miracle baby, is born.

                                       Genesis 21 

    1The Lord visited Sarah and did as He had spoken.
2Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age,
at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
3Abraham called the name of his son--whom Sarah bore
to him--Isaac.  4Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac
when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 
    5Abraham was one hundred years old when Isaac was
born to him.  6And Sarah said, "God has made me laugh,
and all who hear will laugh with me."  7She also said,
"Who
would have said to Abraham that Sarah would
nurse children? 
For I have borne a son in his old age."
    8So the child grew and was weaned.  Abraham made a
great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned.
    22 It came to pass at that time that Abimelech and
Phichol,
the commander of his army, said to Abraham,
"God is with
you in all that you do.  23Therefore, swear to
me by God that
you will not deal falsely with me, with my
offspring or with my
posterity; but that according to the
kindness that I have done
to you, you will do to me and
to this land." 24And Abraham
said, "I will swear."
    25Then Abraham rebuked Abimelech because of a well of
water which Abimelech's servants had seized.  26Abimelech
said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not
tell
me, nor had I heard of it until today."  27So Abraham
took
sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the
two of
them made a covenant.  28And Abraham set seven
ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

    29Then Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is the meaning
of these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves?"
30He said, "You will take these seven ewe lambs from my
hand, that they may be my witness that I have dug this well."
31Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because the two
of them swore on oath there.
    32Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba.  Abimelech
rose with Phichol, and they returned to the land of the
Philistines.  33Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in
Beersheba, and there called on the name of the Lord, the
Everlasting God.  34And Abraham stayed in the land of
the Philistines many days.
 
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV 

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