Genesis chapter eighteen, The scene opens up with the LORD appearing to Abraham beneath the tress of Mamre. Abraham, who is resting at the door of his tent, sees the LORD and two other “men” (two angels) and rises to greet them. Abraham not only rises, but runs to greet the travelers and offers them a meal. They agree to it and Abraham rushes to make preparations to provide the best of his goods.
So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.” – Genesis 18:6 (NASB)
While Sarah baked bread, Abraham ran to find a choice calf from among the herd. As they ate they asked of Abraham, “Where is Sarah your wife?” What is important about this meal and why do these apparent men matter? What does Sarah, an elderly barren woman have to do with anything? According to her society, she is worthless. What significance does this all hold? Look no further than the first verse! “Now the LORD appeared to him…” The Holy Creator God, LORD of the universe and all that’s in it has physically appeared to Abraham and Sarah in order to deliver a message personally. He said, “I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.”
In this short passage we witness many things. Prophecy, miracles, and communion with God being the main points. Focusing on communion, just look at how much God desires to personally know you! He knows where Sarah is, but He asked anyway, just to get her to listen to what He had to say next, ‘she will bear a son.’ He took notice of a barren old woman who was shunned by society, if not for Abraham she probably would’ve been a total outcast. Not to God, God chose Sarah to bear a son who would eventually bring about the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. I hope you recall this account of God to mind should feelings of neglect and despire arise in your life. Recall that the Lord loves you and in this very account He is laying out the plan of redeemtion, the plan to bring about salvation to make full communion with Him possible!
For Abraham this meeting was the confirmation of the previously made covenant we read about chapter fifteen. God does not forgo His promises. Now, you can read further in the passage to see that Abraham intercedes for the lawless cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Which again shows God Himself in the flesh assessing a situation with Abraham at His side. God took into consideration the prayer of Abraham, yet the people of the cities were unrepentant even with the power expressed by the angels. (The people of Sodom literally groped in darkness to feed their evil desires *read for context). God does not seek our destruction, why else would he make a way for our salvation? However, He as a Holy God does not tolerate sin. We first must recognize our sinfulness, then we can come before our Holy God seeking repentance. For instance, He sent Jonah to preach to the people of Nineveh and call them to repentance. Once they did, God withheld His just and righteous wrath (much to the displeasure of Jonah). Why does this all matter? The story of redemption.
Hopefully I have portrayed these two stories well enough to display God’s marvelous glory. In the first, God not only seeks to have a personal relationship with us, He makes Himself known so that we may have that relationship with Him. The God of Heaven by no means has to reveal Himself to us. Why should He? We are rebellious, corrupt and filled with sinfulness. Yet, here He is, sitting under a tree, next to a tent, eating a meal with a fallen rebellious human. God truly does love us, because He decided to redeem us from our sinful state, to call us out of the darkness, even while we are undeserving of such mercy. He just laid out the ground work to redeem us through His Son. Choosing Abraham to be a part of this redemptive plan.
Then in the second part, God’s warnings and calls to repentance are ignored and they continue in lawlessness. Such wicked acts that when struck by Angels of the Lord they still desire evil. His mercy and grace is offered to the people, yet they refuse the call and continue in the darkness. They deny a relationship with God the Father. Do you understand what that entails? The denial of Christ as Lord means that the full weight of sin and guilt fall on the unrepentant! Hell is not just a spiritual mystery, it is a very real and physical place that Jesus Christ preached about and elaborated on more so than He did Heaven! Take heed of this, self-righteousness is ultimately worthless, what would you truly have to offer a Holy God? He requires nothing because we can offer nothing, other than faith in Christ Jesus as Lord. He will extend His grace to you, He desires to do so. Jesus acts as our intercessory, meaning He intercedes on our behalf, we do nothing while He has already done everything necessary to bring about salvation, you must place your life into His hands though! Become His willing servant and call upon His name!
What a marvelous God we as believers worship! A God who physically manifest Himself for our sake! He is LORD, why would He come to save us in our rebellion against Him? He so loved the world that He sent His Son to die for us, so that we may live by faith in Him! Who are we that He would do such a thing? Being made lower than the angels for a time He bled and died upon the cross to redeem us. Rising on the third day He made it possible for us to reach the Father through Himself! John 14:6 –Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” From a simple meal with Abraham, to His Son dying on the Cross, we see God’s love displayed all throughout His Word. Believe in His Holy name and partake in communion with Him.
For further reading should you have interest see below. My main point is God is personal and He is not in some distant realm looking down on us totally inactive in our lives. On the contrary, He is actively working in the lives of believers and seeks to establish relationships with all who willingly place their faith and trust in Him. P.S. – This new editor system doesn’t seem to have spell check, please excuse my errors.
When the word Lord is all caps it’s translated as Yahweh. Therefore, LORD is referring to God the Father, yet at the same time Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. For Jesus says to the Jews “…Before Abraham was born, I AM.” John 8:58 Within that statement He not only claims to have been alive before Abraham was, He just stated that He was I AM or Yahweh! Again we see in Colossians 1:15 where Paul confirms Christ being one and the same with the Father. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Jesus Himself tells the disciples He is the Father. Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? John 14:9-10
Check out what Jesus said to the Jews before his later statement. “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” John 8:56 Now I may be wrong, but I would wager Christ is referring to the day He and Abraham met together to enjoy a simple meal together. As insignificant as that may seem, I think it is vastly important to recognize. Abraham had the awesome pleasure of seeing God the Father, Christ Jesus, face to face. He washed the feet of the LORD GOD, He fed Him the best of his flock, and had communion with our Holy Lord who desires for personal relationships. Don’t miss the point here, our Heavenly Father is NOT a distant God. He came down to meet with Abraham to personally deliver a message, the Savior of humanity was to come from his line of descendants. Abraham, a ninety-nine year old, married to Sarah who is barren, was to father the nation of Israel through Isaac, Jacob and ultimately down to Jesus the Messiah.