There's a whole lot of laughter going on in our Genesis passages for today. First, Sarah
laughs when she hears one of the visitors who has come to their tent telling Abraham that
he, Abraham, and Sarah are going have a son.
Sarah's 90 and Abraham's 100! -- no wonder Sarah laughs! Have a baby at her age?
But the guest replies, "Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?" (18:14).
Then the required number of months passes and Sarah does indeed have a son, and
Abraham names the boy "Isaac," which means "laughter." And now the laughing turns to
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.