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By the Terebinth Trees of Mamre (Genesis 18:1-8)

By the Terebinth Trees of Mamre (Genesis 18:1-8)

Genesis 18:1-8

I. Abraham’s guests (Genesis 18:1-2a)

    A. “Then the Lord appeared to him” (18:1)
    B. Their identity is not yet known to the patriarch (18:2; cf. Hebrews 13:2)

II. Abraham’s hospitality (Genesis 18:2b-8)

    A. Abraham showed respect (18:2b-3; cf. 18:12)
    B. Abraham offered them rest and refreshment (18:4-5)
    C. Abraham and Sarah went above and beyond in providing for these strangers (18:6-8; cf. Judges 13:15)

III. Hospitality still expected of God’s people

    A. Required of overseers or elders (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8)
    B. Commanded for all Christians (Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9; cf. Hebrews 13:12; Luke 6:31-36)

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 21/260: Abraham and Lot

Read Genesis 18:16-19:29

Pleading for Mercy for Others

It has been said that grace is receiving something good that one does not deserve, while mercy is not receiving something bad that one does deserve. In God’s dealings with man, we see both grace and mercy on display throughout the Scriptures and in our own lives.

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a well-known event to those who are avid Bible readers. What was wrong with Sodom and Gomorrah. In general terms, the Lord says that “their sin is very grave” (Genesis 18:20). In specific terms, homosexuality had become the norm for them. The men of Sodom surrounded the house of Lot and demanded that the men (who were actually angels) be brought out because they wanted to “know them carnally” (Genesis 19:5).

Despite the depravity of these men, Abraham pleaded for mercy in Genesis 18. He bargained with the Lord and asked, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Supposed there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it?” (Genesis 18:23-24). God agrees, and Abraham lowers the number from fifty to forty-five, then to forty, thirty, twenty, all the way down to ten. God tells Abraham, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten” (Genesis 18:32), but not even ten were found.

Yet, because of the mercy of God, Lot and his family were given the opportunity to escape the destruction. Lot and his two daughters took advantage of this opportunity; his sons-in-law thought he was joking when he urged them to come with him, and his wife looked back while fleeing and was destroyed. Yet Lot was able to escape because of the faithfulness and intercession of Abraham.

Will God extend mercy to your loved ones because of your faithfulness? Will they receive opportunities to turn to Him because of the example that you set? Are you interceding with God on their behalf, asking that they may come to the knowledge of the truth? Are you seeking opportunities to share that truth with them yourself?

His mercy is great, but He will not violate His will. Destruction will come to the impenitent sinner. Please with Him while they are here, and plead with them to submit to His will.

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 20/260: Abraham and Sarah

Read Genesis 18:1-15

Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?

What a mighty God we serve! Abraham and Sarah were old, but God promised to bless them with a son. The previous chapter says that “Abraham fell on his face and laughed” when he was told that Sarah would bear a child (Genesis 17:17). In the current chapter, Sarah laughs when she overheard her husband and the three men speaking. Despite the fact that Sarah was ninety years old and “had passed the age of childbearing,” God would indeed bless them with a child.

Man has a tendency to mock the unlimited, infinite power of God because we have such limited, finite minds. We need to understand that God will do whatever God wants to do; man’s inability to fully comprehend His power will not stop the Lord. Paul touches on this in his letter to the church in Ephesus, writing, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Do you want the church to be blessed and grow? Fervently pray about it and faithfully work toward it and watch God do even more than you imagined! Do you want your family to be strengthened in spiritual matters? Humbly pray and obediently submit to His Word and watch God make you stronger than you thought you could be! Alone we may be weak, but if we are working with God, nothing is impossible!

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” This is the question posed to Sarah after laughing at the suggestion that she would bear a child. It is a rhetorical question! Of course, nothing is too hard for the Lord! He said, “At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son” (Genesis 18:14).

Don’t doubt God; nothing is too hard for the Lord. Work with Him, according to His will, and you can say (as did Paul), “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).