Abraham was eager to show hospitality to these three visitors. Meeting another’s need for food or shelter was and still is one of the most immediate and practical ways to obey God.
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” the obvious answer is, “Of course not!” this question reveals much about God. Ask questions like these to God: Is this day in my life too hard for the Lord? Is this habit that I am trying to break from too hard for Him? Is this relationship problem that I am having is too hard fro Him? Asking the question in this way reminds you that God is personally involved in your life and nudges you to ask for His power to help you.
We see a lot of things in this chapter, such as:
Sarah lied because she was afraid of being discovered.
God let Abraham question His justice and intercede for a wicked city.
God gave the men of Sodom one last chance to repent.
Thus, the three things bring out the aspect of fear, love and forgiveness. We are afraid that our inner thoughts and emotions will be exposed. If God can’t be trusted with our innermost thoughts and fear, we are in great trouble than we first imagined. Abraham knew that God must punish sin, but he also knew from experience that God is merciful to sinners. God gave the people of Sodom a fair test.
God is still waiting, giving people the opportunity to turn to him. Those who are wise will turn to him before his patience wears out.
The verses that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
Is anything too wonderful for the LORD? At the set time I will return to you, in due season and Sarah shall have a son.”
Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”
Let’s Pray: We surrender our fears, shortcomings and every evil though to you Lord. Take them away, cleanse us, and provide us with pure thoughts, dedication, faith and a prayerful life O Lord. Amen
Chapter 18: A Son is Promised
1 The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.
2 He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground.
3 He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant.
4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.
5 Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on — since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.”
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.”
7 Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it.
8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
9 They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.”
10 Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?”
13 The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’
14 Is anything too wonderful for the LORD? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.”
15 But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”
Abraham’s intercession for Sodom and Gomorrah
16 Then the men set out from there, and they looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to set them on their way.
17 The LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,
18 seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 No, for I have chosen him, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice; so that the LORD may bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
20 Then the LORD said, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin!
21 I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.”
22 So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
23 Then Abraham came near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it?
25 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”
26 And the LORD said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.”
27 Abraham answered, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. 28 Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
29 Again he spoke to him, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”
30 Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”
31 He said, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.”
32 Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”
33 And the LORD went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.