Genesis 18:1-8 Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day. When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth, and said, “My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not pass Your servant by. “Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have visited your servant.” And they said, “So do, as you have said.” So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.” Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it. He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree as they ate.

Each chapter in the book of Genesis is so ripe with meaning and application that it is a challenge to decide what section to focus on. Praise God that His spirit reigns in us and directs us as per His will.

I chose the passage above because of the significance of God’s visit. God was passing by Abraham’s tent in human form along with two other men on their way to Sodom and Gomorrah to punish them for their sins.

Abraham recognized God and asked him to stay for some rest and refreshments. This was customary of those times except that Abraham treated them like royalty knowing that He was being visited by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What an honor!

The question that lingered in my mind was how Abraham recognized God when he has not previously seen Him and are we expected to feed and comfort God, the one who feeds us?

God choosing to visit us in human form is unthinkable because we complain about our physical limitations and why would God come in our form for He certainly has a better form or none at all. The reality is that we think in our little box of human imagination and anything out of the ordinary spooks us.

God came in human form to relate to Abraham and to show Abraham that he was now a friend of God. This visitation was much like what Abraham and the people in his times were used to and Abraham’s response was one of submission and service.

The offering of food and refreshment was a natural one for Abraham and God did not hold it against him. Instead He accepted Abraham’s hospitality and in so doing blessed Abraham.

Centuries after Abraham, God sent his own and only son Jesus Christ to come and live among us and we chose to ignore Him and finally put Him to death, a terrible and most excruciating death on a cross that served to punish the worst sinners of the land.

Abraham offered God his choice and tender calf and hospitality but we offered Jesus the worst of ourselves and sacrificed Him for our selfish gain. Because of our actions, are we not eligible to be destroyed just like God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah?

God however is merciful and gracious and loves us to a point where He permitted His son to die for us. God’s act of hospitality to us is beyond anything we will understand and we have the opportunity to receive God through His son’s blood shed on the cross of calvary for us.

I pray today that we are able to open our hearts to permit God in and to honor God with our lives in service of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Luke 11:10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

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Comments
  1. Debbie says:

    Vineet, I was so comforted by the thought that God came in a human form and ate what Abraham prepared . . .for Abraham. Because those things were familiar to him. What a God that comes to us in ways that we will recognize and relate to. Something about this makes me cry tonight. I seem to do that a lot lately. Thank you so much and God bless you for letting Him speak to us through you. deb

  2. ServantBoy says:

    Deb,
    Thank you for the comment and more importantly, for sharing what you felt about the post. Yes, God appeared to Abraham is a way Abraham could relate to because God wants us to know how much He loves us. Often I break into tears when I am worshipping God because I sense His loving presence about me and I do not understand why God loves me so much when I don’t love Him back with my all? In your present time, you must want to feel more of Jesus in your life and I pray that He will reveal Himself more obviously to you and show you that He is the one upholding the lives of your dear child and you in His hands and that He will never let go, regardless of the frailty of life itself and His promise of sharing a painless eternity with each of His children will never pass away! I am praying specially for your little angel right now.
    In Him,
    Vineet

  3. tonirand says:

    HI Vineet

    I’m doing hop scotch 🙂

    I’m having access issues so I’ll be playing catch-up . I’m so behind!

    Looking forward to reading,

    blessings
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann
      Thanks for visiting the blog and posting comments. I sincerely appreciate any comments/thoughts you have as it gives me direction or encouragement in serving the gospel. Don’t feel like you have to read every post but only as led 🙂
      Blessings to you and yours,
      Vineet

      • tonirand says:

        Dear Vineet,

        We all help each other on the journey. Linda’s blog today sheds wonderful light on our journey. We’re up one day, down the next, but the God we serve is unchanging.

        I like reading your blogs. There is a lot to glean from what you write. Your eagerness to share the Word is very warming. I shall look forward to reading more and yes, I shall be doing catching up 🙂

        Blessings,
        ann

        • ServantBoy says:

          Dear Ann,
          Thank you for your encouragement and sincere comments. If I was to measure the impact of my service to God, I would have little to show in tangible terms but if I do it as an offering rendered to my maker, I can delight in the fact that He is glorified and nothing else matters for the purpose of my life is to give Him all the glory and share His love with the hurting world around me.
          Blessings,
          Vineet

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