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Lesson # Genesis 18:1-5
Study Material - Genesis 18:1-5
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
1 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. 2 And 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, 3 and said, 'My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by. 4 Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; 5 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.'
Abraham was in Mamre, 'mamre', vigor, as one beating oneself when running to go faster. It is in Hebron, one of the more ancient cities. Hebron, 'chebhron', league, association, good company. The oaks stand for a tree tall and strong. Refer back to chapter 13 for details on Mamre.
Abraham was back on track in his Bible study. Studying whatever he had available, contemplating the depths of Gods Word. And applying it to his daily life as we will see in his attentiveness to the three guests that he sees coming his way.
Abraham has had an interesting life. He traveled from his home of origin in the region of Ur, through the country of Canaan, into Egypt and back. He has lived through famine and prosperity. He has had his responsibilities with a large encampment, vast herds, many servants and laborers of all sorts. He stood up against a very successful army, with very little training himself, and won the battle. He has been the recipient of Gods promises and has had direct conversation with God.
Now Jesus Christ, appears before him. Three persons appear, one being the pre-incarnate manifestation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The other two are not identified directly, but they bear the indication of representations of Righteousness and Justice since they are on their way to Sodom to render judgment against that city.
God has the power to do whatever H desires. He has but to speak and it is accomplished. We have studied this in the creation studies. He can accomplish anything from His throne in heaven. He needs not walk to where ever it His attention is focused. God needs no counsel for all He does is based on Righteousness and Justice, which these two when combined make His Holiness. We know from our studies in Daniel, a little of the workings in heaven as watcher angels observe humanity, following Gods revelation of humanity decisions, thus reporting these things back to heaven and there angels in counsel render decisions consistent with that which God had foretold. God then issues the execution order.
This has already been accomplished against Sodom. The countdown is already ticking against them.
Abraham is in a place of intensive interest in Bible doctrine. A place where there is always good company. God and the two who accompany Him stop of at Abraham's tent. Why? There are two reasons, actually three. God always has time for positive believers. Regardless of what is going on in the world, regardless of what judgments are near, or even their magnitude, there is always time for believers.
God stops for reassure, for conversation. To us, this is our daily Bible study. God reassures us and speaks to us through the Word. Abraham met them with greetings - courtesy, and with hospitality - he offered them refreshment.
Abraham had servants, but being in the servant role was not a degrading position for Abraham. He was in fellowship therefore he was in favor with God. God visits anyone who resides in fellowship on a continual basis, advancing and striving toward spiritual growth and maturity.
God will stop in and then move on, as we converse with God in our studies and move on in our daily life. Abraham's tent remained a tent. His residence remained unchanged. His life did not shift into something else as if by magic. God does not conduct life by means of a genie or magician's tricks. Life moves forward in a systematic and slowly advancing fashion. Each day may seen as the previous, but each year has its changes, though subtle. And they are for the good as long as one is consistent in ones Bible study.
We may observe dramatic events or even experience them, but the status of our soul remains. We either have Bible doctrine in it or we do not. We are either able to cope with the world or we are not. We either have the inner resources to face the world or we do not. All of this depends on that day after day of methodical Bible study. Often we do not see changes, but they are there. When faith is tested, that is the time when you recognize the extent of your spiritual growth or lack of it.
Abraham requested permission to provide them with rest and refreshment, and that request was granted. All that we ask in doctrine, so long as it is consistent with Gods plan for our life, and consistent with Gods plan for history, will be granted.
Sodom is under judgment, yet this pause at Abraham's tent, is grace, the other reason for their visit with Abraham. Grace always precedes judgment. Not that Sodom would ever change, but they will be treated with graciousness and given every chance to change their ways.
Some ask why Afghanistan isn't just swallowed up in some massive earthquake. It is obvious that its leadership is brutal and not worth keeping alive. But there are many millions of innocents who have been victimized. They may be positive and these events will see them driven not just to refugee camps where there is food and shelter, etc., but also Christianity. Something that the Afghan government has been trying to suppress. God is greater than their government. It is also clear from the many interviews on television, that many of those Afghans and others that live in the Afghan camp, have been deceived by their religious leaders. Most have never seen the Koran let alone read it, but only believe what they have been told, and that message has been a distorted one. Some are convinced to the extent that they have been corrupted into believing that they should die for their god. The vast majority is not deceived and are the ones that are moving to refugee camps. Judgment will come to those who are evil, but I doubt that we will see some national disaster. Of course God could also be gathering them into centralized camps to execute judgment on the vast groups. We cannot know. We just sit back and watch, provide aid as is proper, and if God allows it, then there is positive volition within the camps. If God overrules it, then we will see that too perhaps. Some may continue in their misery in the camps for years because they hold on to the deceptions they have been taught. Some may see the light and find some way out of the camps and to a better life. Every individual has a story. Every individual has a plan set before them by God.
So it is with you and I. Park your pettiness. Park your attitude. Park your judgment of others, and advance in your spiritual life. There is nothing in life that is sacred other than the Bible doctrine inside your soul. If you make time for God, then God will make time for you.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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