Genesis 18:9-15 tells of the three angels visiting Abraham, one of whom told Abraham that he and Sarah would have a child. Sarah and Abraham were both very old, and “Sarah laughed within herself.”
Abraham, Sarah and the Angel PROVOST
See http://www.angelfocus.com/studiesprovost.htm for the source of the above photograph and a description of the painting, including interesting symbolism from a Christian interpretation of the story.
Genesis 21:1,2 tells us, “And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.”
The Angel Appears to Sarah TIEPOLO (1726-28)
See http://www.artbible.info/art/large/468.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting. Whether Tiepolo intended to comment so or not, the commentator appears to take the view that the “Lord” appears to humans only through angels. The commentator interprets “visiting Sarah” as akin to the common Biblical interpretation of a man “knowing” a woman, as inseminating, her. The commentator comes to that interpretation on the premise that if Sarah was too old to conceive of a man, and God is represented in the flesh as an angel, she conceived only by divine intervention and that via an angel.
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