Too Old to Change?
Sunday, March 12 - 2nd Sunday in Lent
Sinners to Saints: Becoming Who God Sees - Lent Sermon Series
Genesis 17:15-22 (NRSV)
God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her." Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, "Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?" And Abraham said to God, "O that Ishmael might live in your sight!" God said, "No, but your wife Sarah shall bear you a son, and you shall name him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; I will bless him and make him fruitful and exceedingly numerous; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year." And when he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.
We will look at the corresponding name change of Abraham's wife, Sarai to Sarah. While Abraham's new name meant he had to alter his expectations about the future, Sarah's name change meant that at the age of 90 she was about to have a baby!
These events marked a surprising and significant transformation for Sarah and what she assumed her life was about. Right when she thought she was entering her sunset years, God opened a new vista to her. We will look at how Sarai's story can open our eyes to the ways God wants to use us -- even when we think we might be unusable.
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