Character Studies

Lesson 6

SARAH

"By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised." (Hebrews 11:11)

Text: Genesis 11:29-23:20

Name: "Princess"

Place: Ur of the Chaldeans, Canaan

Occupation: Wife, mother, household manager

References: Gen. 49:31; Isa. 51:2; Rom. 4:19; 9:9; Heb. 11:11; 1 Pet. 3:5-6; Gal. 4:26

Key: Mother of Nations

SARAH'S FAMILY & BACKGROUND
Genesis 11:27-32; 17:17; 20:12
Daughter of Terah
The half-sister and wife of Abraham
Ten years younger than Abraham (Gen. 17:17)
Barren (Gen. 11:30)

SARAH'S BEAUTY
Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-18; 1 Peter 3:5-6
Uncommon physical beauty
Used for protection, but exposed a weakness
Uncommon inner beauty

SARAH'S IMPATIENCE
Genesis 16-18
Convinced Abraham to marry Hagar and have a child
Result of her impatience
Laughed at the thought of bearing a son

SARAH'S JOY
Genesis 21
Indicated in the name given her son
Gave credit and thanks to God
Cast out the bondwoman and her son

SARAH'S FAITH
Hebrews 11:11
She had faith in the word of God
She had faith in the power of God
She considered God to be faithful
Her faith was rewarded

SARAH'S LONGEVITY & DEATH
Genesis 23

LESSONS FOR US
Her faith grew throughout her life
True faith waits patiently on the Lord
A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (Prov. 31:30)
Inner beauty and strength is most lovely
Never doubt the word and power of God
The consequences of sin bring heartache and grief

CLASS DISCUSSION
1. What does the fact that Sarai left her homeland and traveled faithfully with Abraham suggest to you about the kind of wife she was? (Gen. 11:31; 12:4-5)

2. What was unusual about Sarah's beauty?

3. How did Abraham use her beauty for protection? What resulted from it? (Gen. 12, 20)

4. Who was Sarah's handmaid? What did Sarah do with her and what was the result? (Gen. 16; 21:8-21)

5. How was the casting out of Hagar and her son prophetic? (Gal. 4:21-31)

6. Both Abraham and Sarah laughed when told they would have a son (Gen. 17:17-21; 18:10-15). Was there any difference in their laughter? Explain your answer.

7. What example does Sarah set for women today? (1 Pet. 3:5-6)

8. List the weaknesses and strengths of Sarah.

9. Why should we 'look to Sarah'? (Isa. 51:2)