I’m reminded of the shocking impossibility of Sarah conceiving a child. First she’s been barren for how many years? Like forever. I mean it’s not like they haven’t tried. Eggs, if there were any are certainly past their expiration date. And now at 90 she is way beyond menopause so nothing is going on.
Then there’s Abraham – he’s a hundred. Men are sturdier but still…ONE HUNDRED people.
So, here’s the deal – ain’t nothing going to happen via natural means, causes or human effort. Nada!
This I have no doubt is intentional on God’s part. Sarah is 100% correct when she says people will laugh with her. Those same people watched a nine-month pregnancy which I assume would have been visible to at least a few close friends. Not to mention they would have only needed to tell “one grape” before the entire community knew.
I’m sure there was talk. Maybe in hushed tones because it might be such a disappointment when no baby really came. Without menses how did she even know the bulge was not something else – some illness? Some growth?
But now Sarah laughs – Abraham laughs – and their world laughs with them. It is loud and unmistakable praise to a God who makes and keeps His promises.
And what about that other impossible pregnancy – the one where the young girl was a virgin –
“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”