"And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well-stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh."

Three angels (one was the Lord himself) came to visit Abraham and Sarah. They told them they would have a son in nine months ("according to the time of life"). Sarah heard them and laughed. Now here is the controversy I have found in different commentaries: A) Sarah's laugh was scornful because she didn't believe she could have a child at her age; B) Sarah laughed in delight because she was finally going to have a child of her own. If you read the rest of the chapter, I'm sure you will agree that it could only be A. In verse 12 Sarah even says, "after I am waxed old, shall I have pleasure," and again in verse 14 the Lord says, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Also, in verse 15, Sarah denied laughing because she was afraid. Why would she be afraid if she had been laughing from joy? What do you think?

THE FALL OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH

God considered hiding His plans for Sodom and Gomorrah from Abraham. I find this very interesting. It makes me wonder if God finds me a worthy confidant. God told Abraham about his plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because the people in these cities were so wicked. We have a rare glimpse of a truly righteous Christian here in Chapter 18. It would have been just like some Christians to say, "Finally, they are getting what they deserve." But Abraham asked the Lord if He would destroy the righteous with the wicked. He then began to bargain with the Lord over the fate of the wicked cities. They finally agreed that the cities would be spared if as few as ten righteous people could be found there. How long has it been since you pleaded with the Lord for your loved ones and neighbors who are living sinful, wicked lives?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

1) Do you think angels still appear to people today?

2) Have you ever seen an angel, or at least THINK you have? Tell me about it!

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