God Will Protect His Promise
15 And God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai; but Sarah [Princess] her name shall be. 16 And I will bless her and give you a son also by her. Yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.
Not only did God make a promise to Abraham but he also gave a promise to Sarah
1. YOU HAVE A PROMISE
Abraham is commonly known as a type of God the Father in the Bible. He deposits seed into Sarah, the seed of promise. It is she who has to nurture that seed, protect it, nourish it and then give birth to it in order for the promise to live.
Sarah was given a promise by God but before the promise was given though, God changed Sarai’s name.
Sarai means my princess, it is a possessive title given to her by her father or mother, it’s a local name; she is princess in the context of her family unit alone.
God changes her name to Sarah, which means Princess, in other words, not only is she a princess in her family of origin but she is recognized globally as a Princess.
She has gone from local acknowledgement of her royalty to a global recognition of who she is and the authority on her life.
God wants to change our perspective before we are ready to give birth to the promise, he wants us to think bigger, to go from local thinking, to global thinking. He wants us to expand our circle of influence, wants us to understand the power of the promise to extend beyond this family and into the nations of the world.
2. WHAT IS THE PROMISE?
That promise Is 3 fold first he changes her name, he overrides the natural and speaks into her life, I don’t care what they called you, I call you this!
Then he promises her three things
- You will have my favour and joy in your life - I will bless you
- You will be fruitful - you will have a son
- You will have great Influence - rise to nations kings of peoples will come from you.
It’s the birth of the promise that creates the change for the future!
This promise was impossible in the natural and yet Sarah embraced it with faith, believing that God was faithful
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.
3. WHAT MAN DOES TO THE PROMISE
Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her
Sadly, Abraham and Sarah try to protect the promise themselves. They are faced with new surroundings and circumstances that produce fear in them. Instead of trusting God to protect His promise they put the promise in jeopardy.
They have to rely on God’s supernatural power and yet as soon as they are faced with fear they try to protect the promise using natural schemes and means.
1. THEY MADE WRONG ASSUMPTIONS
11 Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘This is a godless place. They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.’.
2. THEY TWISTED THE FACTS
And she really is my sister, for we both have the same father, but different mothers. And I married her.
3. THEY BLAMED GOD FOR THEIR POOR DECISIONS
Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar,
He was called out of his father’s house but he wasn’t called to wander
This results is:
1. Her being removed from the source of the seed of promise
2. Puts her in a position where she is vulnerable to being impregnated with a second rate substitute for the promise
4. GOD PROTECTS HIS PROMISE
This is the best thing about this story! You read and see that God swings into action. It’s His promise, He will protect it. It’s His Word that is being challenged by the circumstances, and God cannot lie or His word fail.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?