In the bible we can see two events,

In Genesis the LORD promised Abraham and Sarah a son, but we can see they both laughed.

case 1:

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?" -Genesis 17:17

Case 2:

Sarah laughed to herself,-Genesis 18:12 The LORD doesn't get angry'?' as Abraham fell facedown and laughed while Sarah laughed to herself. Is the anger'?' of LORD because of Sarah's lie that She didn't laugh?

NB: '?' is used just because I'm not sure if it's real anger.


Abraham's laugh was a laugh of joy, while Sarah's laugh was a laugh of contempt.

God looks at the heart or that is to say he looks at the underlying cause.

The heart in Christianity is believed to be the place where one's loyalty, belief, dedication, and so on is lodged.

All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation.

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Unless God understood the machinations of man's minds he would not be omniscient, and could not have known:

Genesis 15:4 through 6 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.


If I may, in my honest opinion I believe that the relationship that Abraham had established with God was so much deeper than his wife Sarah. Remember, this was not Abraham's first time speaking or hearing from the Lord. It was a constant in his life; whereas, Sarah's interaction with the Lord of Hosts are very limited. Which limits her relationship and thus voids her laugh as being a doubtful heart.

Just my two cents....


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