Hopefully the title of this post caught your attention. I’m not sure of many who read my post regularly, but I do apologize for my absence. I would like to make this post rather short and pointed, so let’s begin.
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. This meal includes…cake!
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)
So then, what’s the point in all of this? Obviously the cakes Sarah made aren’t what we have for our birthdays. Truthfully, the cake doesn’t hold much significance, sorry. What is important? Why am I even writing this post? Well, just look who Abraham is treating to a meal!
Many of you are aware that 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 So how does this tie in with the cake scene?
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 he fed the creator of the universe…cake! 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.
In this short passage we witness many things. Prophecy, miracles, and communion with God being the main points. Now, you can read further 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. To read further will reveal that God does not punish us as His children gladly. Meaning, He is a patient God who seeks grace and mercy above all else, but He will punish the wicked and unrepentant. (The people of Sodom literally groped in darkness to feed their evil desires *read for context). 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 extended to the people, yet they refuse the call and continue in the darkness. They deny a relationship with God the Father.
So much for short and to the point, but in conclusion, what a marvelous God we as believers worship! A God who humbles Himself for our sake! He is LORD, why would He be the one to humble Himself? 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.