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God Promises a Son to Abraham and Sarah

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2 May 2014



Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed, I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. (Genesis 18:14)


And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetch a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? “Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh. {Genesis 18:1-15)


In vs 2-5 Abraham demonstrated humility in the labor of love unto others in the way he humbly invited the guest courteously in a persuasive manner in such a way that the visitor could not rejected.  “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt… (Colossians 4:6)  “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Abraham exhibited the love of God unto others as opportunity presented itself to him. Abraham showed kindness not only to his neighbors but also to unknown strangers. His love cut across the barriers of his environment. “And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34)  “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10)

In vs 6, Abraham approached Sarah his wife who did not have previous knowledge to receive visitor in order to arrange a befitting entertainment for the visitor. Cooperation of Sarah with Abraham was an evidence of submission of the couple to each other. (Ephesians 5:21) “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” (I Peter 3:5-6)

Apparently the feet of the heavenly guest were washed according to the tradition of the Jews. Every one of us has tradition. We can learn from Abraham to employ our righteous and rich tradition to do good unto other people.

In v 7, Abraham exhibited generosity in his entertainment because he used the choice animal for the entertainment.—Do we render our very best in the service of the Lord? Can the word “choice” describe the way we generously give unto the Lord? Abraham first gave a tenth of his income to Melchizedek before tithe became a law in Israel. (Genesis 14:19-20) “And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.”

Consider the active words in the passage we read. “Ran, hastened, quickly” These words indicate a sense of urgency. With a sense of urgency Abraham executed all the arrangements of the entertainment to ensure that he did not keep the heavenly guest waiting.—Several times we have ignored this important virtue of Abraham in the way we come to the church at our own leisure time as if there is nothing at stake. Not realizing that we are keeping our Heavenly Father waiting. We are all guilty of this habit “Where two or three people are gathered in my name, I am in their midst.” He is already on His seat waiting for all of us to fellowship with us.

In vs 8, you will notice the phrase, “he stood by them.” Finishing touch in entertainment made Abraham presented himself as an available instrument to the heavenly guests to ensure that they lacked nothing. We should learn how to spend extra-miles in kind gestures to apply finishing touches in the service of God

Vs 9, In the process of his persistent and consistent waiting on the heavenly guests, the Lord opened a line of communication with Abraham. “Where is Sarah thy wife?” How did the strangers know the name of Abraham’s wife? Before the pronouncement of blessing of a child of promise upon the couple, our Heavenly Father recognized the oneness of marriage institution that began with Adam and Eve at the beginning. Perhaps it was the reason why He asked for Sarah—the mother of a nation.

Secondly, how did God knew that Sarah was laughing? vs 12 stated that Sarah laughed within herself and made a doubtful comment regarding their old ages. There is no conversation that Our Heavenly Father does not understand. He knows our thoughts, He understand our body languages, even the gestures we made with our hands. Nothing is hidden unto God who knows and sees all things.

Why did Sarah laugh? She laughed because she misinterpreted the promise of God according to her limited knowledge of the divine abilities of God. “Without faith it is impossible to please God …” (Hebrew 11:6) Obviously she did not exercise faith at all apparently because she did not know that the word of God is spirit and life. John 6:63 says, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” (Isaiah 46:10)

Vs 10 & 14Think about the phrase, “According to the time of life,”Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Restoration of their youthful reproductive ability in their old age. This phrase appears in four places in the Bible, two in this chapter, and two in (II Kings 4:16-17) Where Prophet Elisha blessed the Shunnamite woman. “And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.”

Lastly brethren, Heavenly visitation is on the way to bless us. Certainly we do not know the form it will take. Like Abraham we need to get ready so that we do not miss our precious blessing. We will not miss it in Jesus name.


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