by Rev. Harold Clarke, Pastoral Counsellor in 1994
God, the Master Weaver, directs all His purposes. The lives of His called people reflect His plan of salvation for all mankind.
SARAH (Heb.: ‘princess’), the wife of Abraham, is an example of God’s plan woven in the lives of His people. Sarah (called Sarai in Genesis 11, 12, 16-18, 20, 21, 22, 49:31, Isaiah 51:2) was Abraham’s half-sister and became his wife (Genesis 11:29) before the family left Ur of the Chaldeans on the long journey to Haran, and from there to Canaan (Genesis 11:31).
The Lord stepped in to rectify the situation. (Genesis 11:17-20; 20:3).
Despite her beauty, Sarah was a very tragic woman of her generation. Why?
See Genesis 15:2, 16:1.
What made her situation all the more ironical? Genesis 13:16.
In keeping with the custom of her times, what was Sarah’s solution to her childless condition? Genesis 16:1-4.
Not the will of God, Sarah’s choice led to what problems? Genesis 16:5-6.
What was God’s answer despite the advanced age of Abraham (99) and Sarah (90)? Genesis 17:1-8, 17:15-22, 22:1-2.
Isaac’s name means “he laughed.” Do you see any significance to this name? Genesis 17:17.
God’s promise woven in the life of Sarah and Abraham finds fulfillment in what well-known figure? Matthew 1:2-16, Luke 1:33-37.
The Great Master Weaver has promised “…in all things God works for the good of those who live Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
This study is taken from Tapestry, Fall 1994, a publication of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada. If you enjoyed it, consider subscribing. An order form can be found at https://lutheranwomen.ca/publications-and-forms/tapestry. The magazine is published four times a year and is available in print, large print, audio and via download.