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Great Women Of Bible History

The Woman Who Laughed At God

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | July 10, 1977

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Sarah learned that it doesn’t pay to laugh at God—He always knows what He’s doing. Pastor Wiersbe uses Sarah’s laughter to teach us about our own faith and joy. If we rely on the promises of God, we can have faith to laugh.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.


Sarah laughed at God because she didn’t believe God.

Three new names:

-       God is the Almighty God—a name of power.

-       Abraham means father of a multitude—a name of faith.

-       Sarah means a princess, the mother of kings.

There are four types of laughter in this passage:

-       The laughter of surprised faith

  • Sometimes we end up in situations where the only thing we can do is look to God and laugh in faith.

-       The laughter of deceitful unbelief

  • Sarah didn’t believe her husband or God.
  • Sarah lies about her laughter.

-       The laughter of joyful fulfillment

  • God nurtured Sarah’s faith until she believed.
  • Isaac means laughter.
  • There is joy and peace in believing.
  • Isaac is a picture of Jesus.

-       The laughter of hateful persecution

  • Ishmael mocked Isaac. 
  • The whole story is a spiritual picture: 
    • Sarah represents grace. 
    • Abraham is faith. 
    • Hagar represents the law. 
    • Ishmael represents the flesh. 
    • Isaac is our spirit.

Sarah learned that it doesn’t pay to laugh at God. He always gets the last laugh.

If we rely on the promises of God we can have faith to laugh.

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