Saturday 24 October, 2015

Genesis 18:16-21

16 The men got up to leave. They looked down toward Sodom. Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 He will certainly become a great and powerful nation. All nations on earth will be blessed because of him. 19 I have chosen him. He must direct his children to live in the way that pleases me. And he must direct the members of his family after him to do the same. So he must guide all of them in doing what is right and fair. Then I, the Lord, will do for Abraham what I have promised him.” 20 The Lord also said, “The cries against Sodom and Gomorrah are very great. Their sin is so bad 21 that I will go down and see for myself. I want to see if what they have done is as bad as the cries that have reached me. If it is not, then I will know.”

To get these verses in context, the beginning of Genesis 18 says that earlier that day the Lord had appeared to Abraham whilst near the great trees of Mamre. As Abraham was sitting in the heat of day near the entrance to his tent he sees these three men nearby. It says that he ‘hurries’ to see them and then bows low to them.  He asks them not to hurry but to spend time with him.

What did Abraham notice about these men that was different?  Were visitors common in the desert? You never know that next visitor or connection you have may open doors and opportunities that you were unaware of. He invites them for lunch (the bake bread, kill a fatted calf and prepare it…not a simple sandwich!! – so they are there for quite a while)

These 3 men call for Sarah and announce to her and Abraham that within the year they will have a child.  They speak forth the ‘promise’.  The future of their generations to come.  The fulfilment of the promise given to Abraham that he would be a father of many.  After waiting on God, God sends others into Abraham’s world to bring the ‘announcement’ of His future – who does God bring into your world to bring about your future?  Our future lies in those around us more than in ourselves.

So now these men stand up to leave….they are going to give a report to the Lord about Sodom and Gomorrah.  When does God hide His plans from us?

God has already put a plan in place for the salvation of all men and women.  He rescued us and others through faith in Jesus Christ.  Salvation is in His hands only, and this message of Christ is all that matters.

Yet God has plans sometimes that we cannot see.  This makes me think of the current crisis in the world, rather than be rash and make quick decision, opinions, or ‘human’ responses, let us ask God what is His plan in this.  God eventually judges Sodom and Gomorrah and the fear of God is manifest.

Let us not be people who react in human wisdom but in God’s wisdom. Lord give me wisdom to see as you see.  What are you doing in this time in our world, so that I can pray for your Kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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