GENESIS 18

The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing near by

Genesis 18:1-2, NIV

This chapter of Genesis starts with an appearance from the LORD, Yahweh.

The Bible begins stating that Yahweh appeared to Abraham, but when Abraham actually looks up he sees three men, I honestly always thought that it referred to the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, however, from Genesis 19:1 and on, the other two men are referred to as angels, negating that hypothesis of mine. Though, in reference to the appearance of the LORD in human flesh, my Bible Study states, “many speculated that this was an appearance of the preincarnated Christ.” [NIV Starting Place Study Bible, Zondervan 2019]

In this chapter, after having dinner with Abraham, the LORD once again reiterates His promise of a son, this is where Sarah laughs, bringing forth Isaac’s name – as I mentioned in the Naming of Children post, in this time period, children were named based on the circumstances surrounding their birth.

After this incident, we learn that God is planning on destroying Sodom and Gomorrah for “the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what hey have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me.” [Genesis 18:20-21, NIV]. Abraham pleads with God, asking if He would destroy the righteous with the wicked. Each time Abraham asks God if He would destroy the city if he found, fifty, forty, thirty, even just ten, and each time God humored him by saying, “for the sake of __, I will not destroy it.”

God is a righteous Judge.

He defends those who are righteous, and destroys those who are not. So much so, that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, because on our own, we can never achieve righteousness. Left to our own devices, we would never be able to enter heaven.

The Lord never even hears the prayers of the wicked, but he answers the prayers of all who obey him.

Proverbs 15:29, CEV

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