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Laughing at the Thought

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Sat, May 7, 2011 - 4:37 pm

“I [God] will bless [your wife Sarah] and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”

Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. [“Isaac” means “he laughs.”] I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.”


Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”

Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”

But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”

Attributed to: 
God, Abraham, angels, and Sarah (NIV)

Often we see people snickering, laughing, or poking fun at the notion of ending cannabis prohibition, or drug prohibition in general. In the above passages from Genesis we can get a little hint at one possible reason for this.

Unfortunately the intense shame the prohibitionists throw at everyone makes people act like Sarah. Despise the shame!