Our Bible study, Babies and Old Age Part One, focused on the age of Abraham as mentioned in the following verse:
ESV Genesis 21:5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
Although Sarah’s age is absent in the verse above, reading cross references and commentaries for this verse takes one to verses that mention Sarah’s age.
It is one thing for a man to father a child in his old age.
But for a woman to give birth in her old age? This is most unusual!
Review the following verses and bible study questions:
ESV Genesis 17:17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”
- What age is Sarah in Genesis 17:17?
- Do you know of any other woman who has given birth at or past the age of ninety?
Looking back through the book of Genesis up to this verse that mentions Sarah’s age, I realized that she is the only woman who receives specific mention of her age at the time she birthed her first child. No other mother prior to her gets this special mention.
ESV Romans 4:19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.)
- What word describes Sarah’s condition in Romans 4:19?
- What does it mean for a woman to be barren?
Romans 4:19 is not the only verse that mentions Sarah’s barrenness:
ESV Genesis 11:30 Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.
ESV Genesis 16:1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar.
ESV Genesis 16:2 And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
ESV Genesis 18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah.
ESV Genesis 18:12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?”
Bible Study Reflection Questions:
- Do you know of any other woman who has become pregnant through natural means once officially post-menopausal?
- What is God communicating both in Genesis, and later in Romans, by mentioning Sarah’s age and especially her barrenness?
- What does this study reveal about God’s faithfulness?
- What does this study reveal about God’s power?
- Has God promised you something that you are still waiting to receive?
- Will you remain in awe of God like Sarah even if you feel worn out to a point that the promise seems impossible to happen?
- What will you do this week to honor the Lord’s promise to you?
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