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Sarah From The Bible – A Story of Resilience

Sarah From The Bible , (Also known as Sarai) is considered to be the mother of the chosen people. She was Abraham’s wife and mother to Isaac.

But that’s not all…

Although she did conceive and deliver Isaac, she did it at very advanced age.

According to the Bible, Sarah gave birth to Isaac when she was 90 years old and when Abraham completed 100.  For Sarai, the idea that she will never have a child was devastating.

Imagine this, she’s waited and hoped to become a mother until she was old, thinking she will never get to experienced that blessing.  

Sarah History

All we know that she went out to Canaan from the Sumerian city Ur (An important city-state in ancient Mesopotamia) when G – d commended Abraham: “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”

Some say she was Abraham half – sister, also known as Iscah. But the Bible is not saying it directly.

This assumption came when Abraham explained to Abimelech Of Gerar about his relationship with Sarah.

In Genesis 20, V. 2 Abraham says to Abimelech: “And there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.”

This could mean, that Abraham intentionally concealed his real relations with Sarah.

Maybe because he knew G-d will punish Abimelech for breaking one of the ten commandments, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife”.  

And in did he punished him.

“But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”

Genesis 20, 3 – 5

Sarai Sacrifice

Here we getting the proof that Sarah Imenu was able to see beyond her suffering and sadness. As much as she wanted to become a mother, she wanted more that Abraham will have descendants.

We know this because of how she treated Hagar.

Genesis 16: “ Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so, she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” 

Read this last passage once again and you will understand how much Sarah sacrificed.

perhaps I can build a family through her 

Sarah Life Struggle

As mentioned, Sarai was desperate to a child. She lived 90 years before she had Isaac and sometimes, during this long wait… she’s lost her faith in G -d.

But G – d never lost faith in her.

In Genesis 17, V. 19 G – d is Promising to Abraham that she will bear a son called Isaac.

Remember, Sarah from the Bible was already an old woman… she couldn’t believe that it will become a reality.

She struggled so much for a son in her life that she became skeptic about it, so when Sarah heard what G-d had promised, she laughed.

But the Lord never makes false Statements.

“So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

Genesis, V. 12
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Sarah and Isaac

As we all know G-d does have a plan.

Even if you don’t like it, or it doesn’t happen right away, if G-d makes a promise… than it will happened.

Sarai didn’t remember this because she was too skeptic even to consider of being a mother. She thought it will never happen.


” Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. “

Genesis 21, V.2

In Conclusion

What Sarah Imenu have made us learn is that no matter how much you wait for or wants something to happen, if that in G -d plan… it will, no matter how much time or effort it will take.

She died at the age of 127 in Kiryat Arba (Near Hebron).

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