31 July 2021

Youth Worship 31st July 2021 : "As He had said" Available from 2.45pm

Youth Worship 31st July 2021 : "As He had said" Available from 2.45pm
Text: Genesis 21

Rev Dr Charles Tan
Focus on Faith

Message Notes


Call to Worship Pastor Charles Tan

Opening Prayer

Scripture Text: Genesis 21

Message: “As He had said”

Speaker: Pastor Charles Tan

Closing Prayer


Scripture Text: Genesis 21

Message: “As He had said” Pastor Charles Tan


1. Many vital lessons of Faith to be learned

a) The Word of God
i) It is given in the form of a Promise
ii) It awaits fulfilment
b) The lessons
i) To believe
ii) To wait upon the Lord in hope

2. Difficulties faced along the way

a) Fear
b) Faltering faith
c) Human error
d) Setbacks

3. God continued to be

a) Gracious
b) Merciful
c) Patient
d) Understanding
e) Kind


1. Promise of a visit
“At the appointed time I will return to you,
according to the time of life” Genesis 18:14b

2. Fulfilment of a promise to visit
“And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said” Genesis 21:1a

3. Lessons learned

a) What God has said/ promised
b) It would come to pass
c) “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” Genesis 18:14a
d) The LORD will keep what He has said always


1. Promise of a son
“And Sarah shall have a son” Genesis 18:14c

2. Fulfilment of the promise to have a son
“And the LORD did for Sarah as He had spoken” Genesis 21:1b

3. What God would have to do

a) Rejuvenate Sarah’s body
b) Healing the problem of barrenness
c) Enabling Sarah to have a son

4. Lessons learned

a) “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” Genesis 18:14a
b) There is nothing too hard for God
i) There is power with the Lord
ii) He will personally see to things
iii) His presence would be manifested


1. Sarah conceived Genesis 21:2a

a) It seems “natural”
b) But God’s power had to be applied
i) Obviously
ii) Significantly
iii) Personally

2. And bore Abraham a son in his old age Genesis 21:2b

a) Recalling a word about “old age”
“Now Abraham and Sarah were old,
well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing”
Genesis 18:11
b) Recalling another word about “old age”
“Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old?
And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” Genesis 17:17
c) Recalling God’s word of promise
“Sarah your wife shall bear you a son” Genesis 17:19a
d) Stating the age of Abraham
“Now Abraham was one hundred years old
when his son Isaac was born to him” Genesis 21:5
e) Lessons learned
i) Recall what God had said
ii) Faith will be refreshed as we see God
fulfilling what He had said
iii) Details are not unimportant


1. Naming of the son

a) “And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him⏤
whom Sarah bore to him⏤ Isaac” Genesis 21:3
b) This was in obedience to what God said
“And you shall call his name Isaac” Genesis 17:19b

2. Lessons learned

a) Full obedience
b) The name Isaac
i) It means “laughter”
ii) Abram laughed because of unbelief Genesis 17:17a
iii) Sarah laughed for a similar problem Genesis 18:13, 15
c) This name would be:
i) A reminder of a historical context
ii) A reminder of the problem of unbelief
iii) A reminder that there is nothing too hard for God Genesis 18:14b


1. “Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac
when he was eight days old” Genesis 21:4a

2. “As God had commanded him” Genesis 21:4b


1. Context: The Abrahamic Covenant
“And you shall be circumcised…
And it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you” Genesis 17:11

2. Eight days old
“He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised” Genesis 17:12

3. An everlasting covenant
“And My covenant shall be in your flesh
for an everlasting covenant” Genesis 17:13

4. Lessons to be learned

a) Application of faith in God
b) Full obedience to the word of God


1. Sarah’s Testimony
A play on the word “laugh”

“God has made me laugh…” Genesis 21:6a

a) Once, it was a laugh of unbelief
b) Now, it was a laughter of joy from God

2. Sarah’s quip
“And all who hear will laugh with me” Genesis 21:6b

a) She will share openly about her past unbelief
b) And speak of God and His grace and mercy
c) All who hear will laugh with her
i) Of understanding
ii) Of faith
iii) Of gladness

3. Sarah’s further quip
“Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children?
For I have borne him a son in his old age” Genesis 21:7

a) The joy of childbirth
b) The blessing which obviously came from God


1. The challenge to know God’s word better

a) Read
b) Understand
c) Believe

2. The Joy of Discovery that the Lord is a promise-keeping God!