September 27 | Genesis 23:1-20
Out loud, pray for God to speak to you through your reading. Praise God for giving us His word. Ask the Spirit to help you read with faith, and to live out what you hear from God through the passage.
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Abraham and Sarah
by Pr. Dave Mann
One of the reasons that I love the Bible is because it is so realistic. If I were to invent my own religious writing that I wanted people to honor as sacred, I would compose a book where the main characters would be perfect, free of faults. But that is NOT what we have in the Bible. God chose to inspire the writing of the real sacred Scriptures with characters who are flawed, yet who grow in their trust in God. Sarah and Abraham were not the perfect matriarch and patriarch.
Sarai/Sarah at times showed great faith, and other times she was less than what we would want her to be. If you have time, you can look up these references to get a broad view of the real Sarah, whom God loved, called, and used despite her failings.
Sarai in faith goes with Abram into an unknown land – Gen 12:1-5.
Sarai self-sacrificially agrees to Abraham’s faithless scheme to put her at risk in order to save his own neck – Gen 12:10-20.
Sarai devises the plan for Abram’s son to come from Hagar and then despises her – Gen 16.