The blessings others have from common providence, believers have from the Divine promise, which makes them very sweet, and very sure. The spiritual seed of Abraham owe their life, and joy, and hope, and all, to the promise. – Matthew Henry
When you think about the three visitors to Abraham, who were on their way to Sodom, and the fact they we all men, isn’t it amazing that they so freely brought up the intimate topic of child-bearing opportunity. Especially knowing that Sarah was listening – what about her own pain (not having the hope of the promise God had given Abraham) of childlessness.
Who were they to tamper with such tender feeling and to then resurrect her hope just so she could feel pain again? Maybe that is why there was a laugh as her response.
A laugh of disbelief for sure – and maybe it did cover the fact that she wanted to believe but hopelessness consumed her to the point she could no longer believe. A cynical laugh from someone who had been hurt and was not willing to be hurt again.
And that is why these three men needed to come for a visit – not for Abraham sake, but for Sarah’s. God gave Sarah the blessing only after there was no longer any hope of blessing.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. – Romans 15:4
They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, “Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.” – Genesis 18:9-15