The promise to Sarah (Rom 9:9)

“This is what the promise said.

‘About this time,

I will return.

Sarah shall have a son.’”

ἐπαγγελίας γὰρ ὁ λόγος οὗτος Κατὰ τὸν καιρὸν τοῦτον ἐλεύσομαι καὶ ἔσται τῇ Σάρρᾳ υἱός.

Paul said that this is what the promise said (ἐπαγγελίας γὰρ ὁ λόγος οὗτος).  “About this time (Κατὰ τὸν καιρὸν τοῦτον), I will return (ἐλεύσομαι).  Sarah shall have a son (καὶ ἔσται τῇ Σάρρᾳ υἱός).”  Paul talked about the Israelite promise from Yahweh, through the three visitors to Sarah and Abraham that she would have a son, Isaac.  Obviously, this story would have been difficult for the gentiles, but familiar to the Jewish Christians.  Paul used his knowledge of Genesis, chapter 18:10-14, where the three visitors asked Abraham where Sarah was.  Then, one of the visitors said that he would return next season and Sarah would have a son.  Paul omitted the fact that Sarah laughed at him.  Sarah did not have any children at this time, so she did not expect to have a son, but a year later she did have Isaac.  Paul used the example of Sarah to prove his point about promises.  Do you keep your promises like God did to Sarah?

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