More from Marina today and our passage is Genesis 18:1-15.
How blessed is Abraham that once again the Lord should appear to him? We can overlook this amazing detail. As we have seen earlier this week, we can sometimes read over an opening sentence too quickly and miss its significance. God once more meets with sinful man. I have heard (but I don’t know who first said it) that we can have as much of God as we want. Perhaps as we start today’s study we should begin by asking God to reveal himself to us today and ask him to fill us with His Holy Spirit so that we too can really meet with God as we read His word.
It’s interesting that Abraham said ‘Please do not pass your servant by’. It seems that Abraham recognised that these were not ordinary visitors. He was aware of an element of the divine and he wanted them to stay. In the book of revelation Jesus tell us ‘Here I am, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door I will come in and eat with him and he with Me’. We sometimes assume that this a call to unbelievers but I think Jesus wants those who claim to know and love him to spend time in fellowship with Him. It’s an invitation to dinner with the Lord himself! Yet sometimes we ignore this call. Perhaps spending time with Jesus makes too many demands on our busy lives. Or perhaps we are busy doing ‘good’ things and can’t spare the time to sit and spend time with the Lord. There is a danger when you become a Christian to think that you have met with Jesus and now all you need to do is learn more about him. However when you begin a new friendship with anyone it will only grow and develop as you spend time getting to know each other and spending time with each other. Abraham may not have had a physical door to open to these men but he wanted them to stay, he wanted to serve them. Let’s use his example and listen to Jesus as he knocks on the door of our lives.
I can just imagine Sarah hiding and listening in to the conversation. She too knows these men are special and she wants to know what’s going on. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be so inspired in our conversations about God that others would just long to listen in. Perhaps that’s a challenge for us to ‘gossip the gospel’ in a way that makes others curious and interested to find out more.
God once more reaffirms his promise and this time He even gives a timescale. I can understand why Sarah laughs. I’d laugh if the Lord told me I was going to have another child and I’m a few decades younger than Sarah (actually I’m not sure laughter would be my first emotion!). But not only did Sarah laugh, she also lied about it and said she did not laugh. We can judge Sarah and think how silly to lie to God but I wonder how often we lie to him. Do we sometimes forget that God knows everything even our thoughts are not hidden and that’s a scary thought? We can put on a front or keep up a pretence in front of others but God can look into our hearts. Maybe one of the challenges from today’s passage is to spend more time with God and as we do we can ask Him to change our thoughts, ‘Create in me a pure heart O God’, and allow him to make us more like Jesus.
Lord please help me to hear you knocking at the door of my life. Thank you that you are not only willing to spend time with a sinner but you delight to spend time me. Please purify my heart so that even my thoughts can please you. Amen.