Posts tagged “Sarah

Sermo Dei: Trinity 1, 2017

Posted on June 18th, 2017

God built fatherhood into man’s nature. God made man and blessed him for fatherhood. “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1.28). Man was made for fatherhood. The man we call Abraham is—as you can see from today’s Old Testament reading (Gen. 15:1-6)—originally named Abram. Abram means “exalted father.” That refers to God, Our Father. Abram, named for the Father, wants to be a father himself. Abram wants a son. But he is old, and his wife is old. Some of you know how difficult it can be to conceive a child. And as the years go by, you feel worthless, and hopeless. That’s where Abram and his wife Sarai are. They didn’t have the many options that confront…

Abraham and Hagar: pro-choice paradigm

Posted on February 14th, 2012

In a previous post we looked at the pro-choice attitudes of Christians when it comes to children. Choice gone awry—demanding “yes” when God has said “no” or “not yet”—can be seen already in the account of Abraham and the imperiled Seed of promise. Abraham and his wife Sarah are barren. God had promised that He would make Abraham’s seed multiply, and in his Seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. Doubting God’s Word, they take matters into their own hands. The quest for a child at any cost leads them to disregard the marriage covenant, and Abraham has intercourse with Hagar. The pro-choice mindset is corrupt to the core because it sets aside the right of the Lord to choose where,…

Do not be like a lion in your home

Posted on January 19th, 2012

Luther on home life (commenting on Genesis 12:11-13 in AE 2): In this passage the Holy Spirit provides instruction about home life when he relates that Abraham spoke so amicably to Sarah. In the first place, he entreats her; in the second place, he adds those words about her beauty. Here you hear nothing tyrannical, nothing dictatorial; everything is affectionate and lovely, the way it ought to be among those who are well matched. As Solomon says (Ecclus. 4:30): “Do not be like a lion in your home.” Of course, the husband does have the rule over the wife. Nevertheless, as Plutarch learnedly advises, it should not be the kind of rule usually exercised over slaves but the kind that the soul has over…

A godly wife

Posted on January 6th, 2012

The other morning my wife remarked to me how nice it is to have Christian friends now as an adult, relating one friend (she didn’t share the name) who had confided in her that while she was uncertain that her husband’s decision on a certain matter was correct, nevertheless, “he is the head of the household” and she followed him. I had never thought of such a thing pertaining to the great matriarch Sarah until reading this in Luther’s Genesis lectures: But let us not overlook Sarah either, who so promptly imitates her husband’s godliness and herself leaves her native country and dear relatives as well as a household that was surely well established—all to follow an uncertain hope. There is no doubt, moreover,…