From our lesson of Sarah, Genesis 12:1-20; 16:1-8; 17:1-22; 18:1-15; 21:1-13; Galatians 4:22-31, here are some important points. The points do not directly answer the questions on pages 18-19 of the text, but may help.
1. Sarai was loyal to Abram. She followed him from Haran to Canaan (Genesis 12:4-5) and to Egypt (Genesis 12:10-20).
2. Sarai’s loyalty to Abram led to the distorted truth in Egypt (Genesis 12:10-13; 20:11-12).
3. Because she was barren (Genesis 11:29-30), Sarai arranged for Abram to have a child (Genesis 16:1-4a).
4. After having Abram’s child, Hagar the maidservant mistreated Sarai. Sarai sent her (Hagar) and the child (Ishmael) away (Genesis 16:4b-6).
5. God Changed Sarai’s name to Sarah (Genesis 17:15-16).
6. God affirmed Sarah’s motherhood (Genesis 18:10)
7. Sarah’s response to God was to laugh (Genesis 18:12) and to lie (Genesis 18:15).
8. Sarah gave birth to Abraham’s son, Isaac (Genesis 21:1-7).
9. Sarah sends Ishmael away again (Genesis 21:8-13).
10. The Apostle Paul uses the story of Sarah and Hagar by aligning Sarah to the promises of freedom though Jesus the Christ, verses Hagar to the slavery of the law (Galatians 4:22-31).
Study Text: Women of the Bible, Jean E Syswerda, Zondervan, 1999.
Bible : The NIV Study Bible, Zondervan, 1995.