Monday, May 9, 2011

Insight: Sarah

Genesis 12:14 And it came to pass, when Abram was in Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. 

Genesis 20:11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.

You remember the story, yes?  Sarah was so beautiful that Abraham (Abram) told her to lie about their relationship.  She was taken - even past menopause - by kings of the land because of her great beauty.  Did Abraham tell Sarah to put on ugly clothes?  No.  Her beauty was so great that ugly clothes might not have mattered - and obviously a woman from the family of a rich man isn't going to be wearing shabby clothing.  He also doesn't cast blame on Sarah for being too beautiful, or for being seductive.  Sarah was just going along, doing the tasks that came to her hands, living her life.   And she was stop-the-chariot stunning.

1 Peter 3 holds Sarah up to us as the model of a good wife, and the model of proper wifely adornment. 

What does she do?  She obeys him.   She respects him.  She gives him her best.  You can't be beautiful without beautiful character - that's certain, and there will be bloggage about that later.  But do you think that the people wandering by are noticing her character?  That's not what the Bible says.  It says they're noticing her FACE. 

Just something to chew on.

I wonder if Lydia, the seller of purple dye, wore shabby clothing?  I doubt it, somehow.  Wouldn't have been good for business.

Things that make you go "hmm".

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please keep your comments lovely. I encourage discussion, but I will erase ugliness. And let's not shoot fish in a barrel please - no picking on specific people, even celebrities.