I can only imagine how Abraham must have felt as he sat at the door of his tent trying to keep cool in the heat of the day, and suddenly there was God! We know it was God because The Bible clearly says “The LORD” appeared to him. The word translated LORD in English is the proper name of the one true God in Hebrew. This is called a theophany, meaning that God made Himself manifest in human form. We see this throughout Abraham’s account in Genesis. The fact that there are three men described in the passage seems a bit confusing because we are left wondering, which one is God. The general consensus on the other two men is that they are heavenly beings (probably angels) who are with God.
The next question we are left wondering is if this is an OT appearance of Jesus, which is known as a Christophany. Biblical scholars vary on their agreeance that “The Lord” described in these passages was in fact Jesus. However, if we look at the entire Bible, not just the OT, we clearly see that it is The Son (Jesus) who is the manifest presence of God in this world. Either way, God was clearly with Abraham and Abraham knew it. We can tell by his reaction to his visitors and the way he addresses them (v.2-8). Abraham’s ability to recognize God was clearly due to his ongoing relationship with God. Abraham walked with God and talked with God on a daily basis.
Sharply, the conversation turns to the topic of Abraham’s wife Sarah and how she will bear a child in her old age. A very similar conversation to the one God had with Abraham in chapter 17 when Abraham fell on his face laughing at God when God promised him Isaac the first time. Sarah’s reaction echoes that of Abraham’s. Nonetheless, God confirms what He is going to do through the covenant He has made with Abraham and his descendants.
The key verse that hit me today was verse 14: “Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” So many times God clearly speaks to us: in a promise from scripture, a calling He places on our hearts, through another person, or another way and we simply laugh. We laugh because we believe that what God is speaking to us is impossible. We might not say that out loud, but in our hearts and with our actions we prove our disbelief. Let Isaac be a reminder to you that nothing is too hard for the LORD! If He makes a promise, He will most certainly keep it. If He calls you out for a specific purpose, He will certainly equip you to do it.
What has God spoken clearly to you about recently? Are you laughing at Him through your lack of obedience? If you have a little extra time today, pray through Ephesians 3:14-20 for the power of The Holy Spirit and be encouraged by the strength of our God!
By: Matt Mofield