Sarah, “princess of a multitude”1, “a mother of nations.”
10. By this time next year, Sarah will give birth to Isaac.
No longer will you be called Abram.—You are no longer to call her Sarai.
Your name will be Abraham.—Her name will be Sarah.
Father of many nations—Mother of nations
Kings will come from you.—Kings of peoples will come from her.
11. a. God spoke clearly and unmistakeably.
Of Sarah, God said, “I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” (emphasis added)
Sarah, your wife, will bear you a son. You shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.
God further confirms the promise by setting a date: “By this time next year.”
b. Ishmael will be blessed, but Isaac is the covenant heir.
God explained his plan to bless Ishmael, but he made it clear that Isaac was Abraham’s heir to the covenant.
12. Understanding God’s promises
It’s hard to trust God for more than I can imagine. I misunderstand or wrongly assume something that sounds reasonable.
The longer the delay, the harder it is to remain steadfast instead of wondering if I misunderstood.
Remaining in his word and getting the word inside of me, encourages and strengthens me to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Ephesians 6:10
13. “by this time next year”
God spoke clearly and unmistakeably this time. Abraham and Sarah knew the promised heir would come from both of them, and each one needed a miracle. And God said “by this time next year.” No more decades of waiting!
Paul’s letter to the Romans sums it up perfectly—
As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations.” This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were. Besides hope, Abraham in hope believed, to the end, that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, “So will your offspring be.” Without being weakened in faith, he didn’t consider his own body, already having been worn out, (he being about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. Yet, looking to the promise of God, he didn’t waver through unbelief, but grew strong through faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what he had promised, he was also able to perform. Romans 4:17-21
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