Genesis 17 & 18: God Comes To Dinner
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
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1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless,
walk before me, and be blameless
“Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. ….
2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. …
15 And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
16 I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”
18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!”
19 God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
Chapter 18 God Comes To Dinner
1 And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day.
2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth
3 and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant.
4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree,
5 while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.”
6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.”
7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly.
8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. …
… seek to show hospitality.
1 Peter 4:9
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
9 They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.”
10 The LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah.
12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my Lord is old, shall I have pleasure?”
Man wastes away like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.
13 The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’
14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? …
‘Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.
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.”
15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”
And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
There Is Nothing Too Hard For God.
By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
The promise of forgiveness. Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, Mark 2:5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Rebirth John 3:7
Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
Security John 6:37
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
Resurrection John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
Conversion of a friend 1 John 5:16
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—
Rebels become children John 1:12
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
‘Only God could do that.’
- There Is Nothing God Does Not Know.
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
1 John 3:20
for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
God knows instantly and effortlessly all matter and all matters,
all mind and every mind,
all spirit and all spirits,
all being and every being,
all creaturehood and all creatures,
every plurality and all pluralities,
all law and every law,
all relations, all causes, all thoughts,
all mysteries, all enigmas, all feelings, all desires,
every unuttered secret,
all thrones and dominions, all personalities,
all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth,
motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell.
good, evil, heaven, and hell.
There Is No Friend As Good As God. Invite Him In.
1 Kings 8:27
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
…, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me.
2 Chronicles 20:7
Did you not, our God, … give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?
… “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
But you, Israel, … the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
A friend is someone to whom you open your heart. A friend is someone you understand and who understands you.
… I have called you friends, …