Pastor Troy Martin
History of Laughter
The Russian socialist Alexander Herzen said once, “it would be extremely interesting to write the history of laughter.” Herzen was no friend of Christ, but on this account he is right. In Genesis 21:1-7, Sarah seems to imply that there will be a history of laughter, starting from her laughter in this section today...
v.1 God brings His promise to Abraham and Sarah. The longed-for baby is born.
v. 2 While it had been a long wait, the promise is not late. It was at “the appointed time.”
v.3 They named the child Isaac, which God had commanded. But the meaning of that name has transformed from a confession to an exaltation.
v.4-5 Isaac is the only child (so far) circumcised on the eighth day. Abraham’s obedience is impeccable.
v.6 Sarah’s words are jubilant. Using Isaac’s name, Sarah admits her laughter has been converted.
v.7 Sarah’s last words marvel at how outrageous God’s grace has been to the faithful couple.
Breaking down of the verses above, the application of this section to our lives has six practices born from Sarah’s laughter. Sarah’s laughter teaches us….
To read______________________________. Whatever has been written in the Bible was written to strengthen our patience Romans 15:4.
To shun _____________________________. Waiting and struggling do not exist in order to punish us, but in order to shape us and lead us to God. 2 Peter 3:9
To transform _________________________. Saints are repeatedly instructed not just to change their actions, they change their thinking Ephesians 3:23
To enjoy _____________________________. Right actions do not come by sheer will power, they come from understanding the goodness of God. Psalm 119:34
To admit _____________________________. Confession isn’t just a duty, it is the beginning of healing. James 5:16 Relationships and worship are fortified by it.
To wonder ___________________________. From beginning to end, the Bible teaches the imbalance of what is coming to what is suffered. Romans 8:18
Questions for Household Growth
How does the Bible describe answered prayer? Pro 13:12
What is the Magnificat? Are their similar examples?
What is “Felix Culpa” mean? What does it refer to?