9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.
“There, in the tent,” he said.
10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” Genesis 18:9-15
This was a clear case of “Did Not, Did Too” between the divine and His creation. One of the visitors was the pre-incarnate Christ. He caught Sarah in a lie. It was like catching a child with his hand in the cookie jar. Even as he lifts one out, he’ll deny he was even there.
The question that never gets asked is, why was Sarah afraid? What did she think would happen to her because she laughed? She was 90 years old. The Lord had essentially told her to prepare the Baby Room.
Again, we’ve read ahead and know how it all ended. Of course the Lord was right. He always is. We can argue until we’re blue in the face, but He’ll always be right. That especially applies to the written Word of God. We can state our arguments and rationalize behavior all we want, but when it’s all said and done, the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God.
- When the Bible says we should give to the poor, we shouldn’t make excuses as to why it doesn’t apply today.
- When the Bible says, “If you’ve thought about committing the act, in your heart you’ve committed it,” we should evaluate our thinking and where we’re headed with that thinking.
- When the Bible says we should be imitators of God, that’s a good time to find out what God would do and how He would act.
We stray from its truth at our own peril and risk.