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Genesis 18:6-11

Lesson # Genesis 18:6-11
Study Material - Genesis 18:6-11

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.

Gen. 18:6-11

6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, 'Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it, and make bread cakes.' 7 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. 8 And 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. 9 Then they said to him, 'Where is Sarah your wife?' And he said, 'Behold, in the tent.' 10 And he said, 'I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.' And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing.

Abraham assumed the role of servant. Sarah did the cooking, or at least was in the kitchen supervising it. Abraham went and selected a choice calf and directed its preparation. All of this took some time. No microwave ovens. No drive through service. The calf had to be slaughtered, butchered and then cooked. The bread had to be mixed and then baked.

This was a common meal. Nothing fancy. No servants for each person dining. Abraham was the waiter and server. He displayed hospitality to his guests. It is apparent that Abraham knew who was visiting him. He did not eat with them, but remained near in case they required something more.

Abraham did not impose small conversation on them, but remained silent and engaged in conversation when they initiated it. In the next verse they will inquire about Sarah. Interesting that she did not come out to greet the guests as well. I'm certain that if Christ came up to my home, my whole family would be out there to meet Him.

Abraham displayed courtesy and hospitality. He did not second guess the purpose for their visit. He did not worry about whether or not he had done something wrong and was now going to be disciplined. He was patient with this new event and sat back, but near, in order to see what was going to unfold.

Her we are also told that Abraham and Sarah were both beyond the child bearing age. We do not know how much time transpired since the last visit, but not too much time could have gone by. He will have a son at the age of 100 years. The last visit was at his 99th birthday. Since we know that a pregnancy lasts 9 months, then that only leaves 3 months remaining for the possible time to elapse between these two visits. Of course verse 14 states that the child will come in one year, so there may be still another three months before Sarah becomes pregnant.

This birth will occur after the destruction of Sodom and even after yet another failure on Abraham's part. It is also interesting to note that of the ancients that remain alive, Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah, and Eber are still among the living ancestors of Abraham. Eber will be the last of the older ancestors. He will be alive to see all of Jacob's children born, as Shem will se the birth of Jacob.

There is still a strong link doctrinally between these generations. Despite that presence, Abraham will still have his spiritual successes and failures. All of which will be dependent on his consistency in his Bible study, not on the presence of lack thereof of his ancestors. Ones spiritual life is dependent on the amount of Bible doctrine in the soul. Things external to the life are irrelevant.

Do not depend on family or friends to walk you through life. The spiritual life does not use crutches to support it. Spiritual growth's goal is to make you independent from all things, such that you should not need counseling for your emotional weaknesses or other events in life that might send you off to some counselor. The spiritually mature person can think on their own two feet, and draws counsel from Gods Word, not from the opinion of people. Certainly you discuss matters with people, but all your thinking needs to fall back on the counsel of God, which you learn from your daily study.

The Christian life makes you courteous and hospitable towards others, helping them out when appropriate, expecting nothing in return. The Mature Christian is not selfish. God provides more than enough for you and for you to share. This does not mean that you jeopardize your family by giving everything away just to prove your hospitality. Common sense and responsibility come into play too.

Abraham was out with the guests and Sarah was listening behind the door, hidden and in silence, or so she thought.

The promise of a child was repeated.

In our lives, things seem to not happen quick enough, but we need to learn patience and perseverance with respect to our Bible study as well as in our daily lives. We all have our responsibilities, whether in our education or at our jobs. We continue doing that which comes natural to us. God uses those natural drives which are within us to carry out His purpose, so long as we advance in our Bible study. God uses prepared believers. Here it seems that Sarah needed a little extra boost in her faith, as she stands hidden from view.

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