I have decided to begin a series called “Worthy Women” to see how we can be inspired by women who can be thought as our role models, as well as reverse role models. I will examine the lives of women of the Bible (of course), as well as women in history and culture.
I am beginning with Sarah, Abraham’s wife.
Name: Sarai, then Sarah
Meaning: princess, queen, noblewoman
Lived during Biblical Times
Wife to one of the most important patriarch in the Bible – Abraham
Children: Isaac (born when she was 90)
Qualities: excellent wife and mother
Shortcomings: exclusive and vindictive
Sarah was half-sister to Abraham and married him. She was beautiful beyond compare and some kings even madly fell in love with her; during these occasions, Abraham would tell her to say that she’s his sister and not his wife, so that he would not be killed.
She managed to retain her beauty even after her nineties!
Although Abraham loved her very much and despite her life of privilege (Abraham was a very rich man), she had a source of deep sadness in her life: she couldn’t give an heir to her beloved husband.
It became such an issue that Abraham envisaged at one point to appoint one of his faithful servants as his heir.
However, everything changed after God made a covenant with Abraham and promised him that he would have an heir from Sarah. She was willing to believe God but wanted to act first.
She asked Abraham to take Hagar, one of her servants, as his junior wife so that they could have children – a kind of surrogate mother, if you wish. Soon, Ishmael was born.
Alas! Hagar started to despise Sarah, whereas she was still her servant. Sarah had Hagar kicked out from her place and later she could enjoy her son’s birth at God’s appointed time: Isaac. He was her sunshine and her only son made her proud.
She died later, aged 127. She left Abraham and Isaac devastated with grief.
- Her original name was “Sarai”, meaning “my princess”. Her name was changed to “Sarah”, meaning “queen/princess” after God made a covenant, for he said that Sarah would be the mother of many nations.
- When God told that she would be a mother at an advanced age, she laughed because she couldn’t believe it would happen since her husband and herself were old. God reminded her that nothing is impossible to Him.
- She called her husband “my lord”
What we can learn from Sarah
- Stand on the Lord’s promises: when you ask something to the Lord or when he has made promises, be sure that the Lord will faithfully execute His promises. God has His own calendar and knows how to make His Glory appear manifest. Don’t try to act too much by yourself because you are impatient. God knows better and He has your best interests at heart.
- God is faithful and merciful: even if Sarah tried to act by herself, He still fulfilled the promise He made to Her
- Learn how to keep your beauty: I imagine that Sarah knew how to retain her beauty to remain fascinating at her husband’s eyes! Since beauty is first and foremost linked to health, learn how you can be healthy: exercise, diet, maintenance. This will be the subject of upcoming posts.
- Honor, respect and cherish your husband, so that he will stay in love with you!
- Be a exquisite hostess and have the sense of hospitality towards strangers when they come to your place. Greet them with a huge smile and serve them gracefully.
Book of Genesis, chapters 12 to 21
Marek Halter, Sarah: A Novel – Canaan trilogy.
Marek Halter is just an awesome writer (one of my favorite)!
Do you agree with life lessons from Sarah’s story?