Sarai. Sarah. Despite her apparent lack of faith, God blessed her with Isaac as he had promised. Her life can be seen as an example of God's faithfulness even in our faithlessness. How do we see ourselves in her story?
Let's Read: If you can find time, or haven't already, I'd really recommend reading all of Genesis. If not, a compiled list of all the mentions of Sarah in the Bible can be found here (thanks to Bible Gateway!) Most important chapters for our discussion: Genesis 12, 16, 17, 20, 21-25. See? Might as well read the whole book. ;)
A few questions to start our discussion:
+ "Now Sarai was barren; she had no child," (Genesis 11:30). This small verse is filled with so much meaning, so much hurt, that I think a lot of us can relate to. Whether we struggled to conceive a child in the past, or are still praying for the blessing of a baby, or were fortunate enough to never have struggled with fertility issues, the intense desire for a child is something so many of us can relate to. So let us put ourselves in Sarai's shoes. If you struggled with fertility, how did it feel? If you haven't, try to imagine the heart's ache for a child.
+ Many times in their stories, either Abram (Abraham) or Sarai (Sarah) make some pretty awful decisions. Abram passes off his wife as his sister so he doesn't upset Pharaoh, which inevitably backfires. Sarai convinces her husband to sleep with her servant in order to provide an heir. Both bad decisions. What do we see in common? I can't imagine Sarai thought it was a good idea to pretend to be her husband's sister, and I can't imagine Abram felt it was truly righteous to sleep with his wife's servant. But rather than speaking the truth to their spouse, they instead let their sinful plans take action. Similarly to the way that Adam allowed Eve to convince him to eat from the tree of good and evil, Abram and Sarai allowed themselves to be led into sin by their own spouses. What lessons in marriage can we learn from their (bad) examples?
+ What passages stood out to you the most from this week's readings? Why?