Men and Women of the Bible: Sarah

Lesson Ten: Sarah, A Mother of Nations
Lesson Text: Genesis 17:15-18:15
Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Sarah.
Memory Verse: Hebrews 11:11 NKJV
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.


Lesson Readings:

  • Genesis 12-25
  • Isaiah 51:1-3
  • Romans 4:19
  • Hebrews 11:11
  • 1 Peter 3:1-6

Fact Questions:

  1. What does Sarah mean? Why was she given this name?
    Genesis 17:15 NKJV Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
  2. What was Sarah’s family relation to Abraham?
    Genesis 20:2 NKJV Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
  3. What particular physical impairment did Sarah have to endure?
    Genesis 11:29-30 NKJV Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. 30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
  4. What good character traits do you find in Sarah?
  5. What were Sarah faults and shortcomings?
  6. How would you describe Sarah as a wife? Why? 1 Peter 3:1-6
  7. Give examples that display Sarah’s qualities as a mother. cf. Genesis 21:1-11; Galatians 4:28,29; John 8:35-37; Genesis 17:18
  8. What influence did Sarah have upon Isaac?
    Genesis 24:67 NKJV Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
  9. Like her husband, Sarah grew in faith. Give examples which demonstrate Sarah’s growth.
  10. What was the greatest challenge in the life of Sarah? How did she meet it?

Thought Questions:

  1. What influence does Sarah have today?
  2. In what relation does Sarah stand to the scheme of redemption? In Galatians 4:22-31, of what is Sarah a type?
  3. What does it mean when Peter says, “Sarah obeyed Abraham”?
  4. What is the one great lesson in the life of Sarah for you?