Genesis Lesson 11 Day 5

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Genesis 18:1-15

Yahweh/Jehovah appeared again and promised to return about the same time next year.

14. a. Abraham and Sarah extend hospitality to three men.

According to his godliness and the customs of that culture, Abraham enthusiastically offered the hospitality of his house to these travelers.1

Abraham’s enthusiasm and urgency seem to show he realizes these visitors aren’t ordinary men. He’s had several encounters with God and may recognize the glory and awe that sets them apart. 

We don’t know the details of their typical hospitality, but I doubt Abraham always ran to the herd and hurried into the tent.

It’s amazing he can run at age 99. Perhaps the presence of God energized him, as I’ve also experienced. 

b. Our attitude toward serving makes a difference.

If I’m excited about it, the burden is lighter, and the tasks are easier. When I get talked into something or said yes only because I felt like I should, serving is exhausting. 

15. God reconfirms his promise and purpose for the visit.

Then they said to Abraham, “Where is Sarah your wife?” 

Did they speak in unison? I find it fascinating the Hebrew text begins verse 1 with “יְהֹוָה the proper name of the one true God; the existing One; the Eternal.”6

Was this Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the triune God in three persons?

They knew her new name.

Sarah received her new name just a few weeks before, and they reaffirmed the promise that Sarah will conceive and have a son about this time the following year.

Abraham and Sarah needed to hear this amazing promise again. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

Not only was Sarah past childbearing age, she was unable to conceive during her childbearing age. She laughed to herself saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?”

Leupold translates Genesis 18:12, “After I have become worn out, have I enjoyed sexual delight and my lord too is an old man?” Leupold then observed, “The matter is not put very delicately by Sarah.”

It may be, even after the dramatic promises of Genesis 17, Abraham and Sarah found some way to spiritualize God’s promise, making it mean something other than what God intended. Here, God made it plain: Abraham and Sarah would have normal sexual relations and produce a baby.1

16. God answers Sarah’s inaudible laugh.

Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 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.”

The Lord heard her inaudible laugh and her thoughts word for word.

17. Sarah believed that at their advanced age . . .

God will restore sexual pleasure to their marriage and enable her to conceive and give birth to a son. 

We receive God’s promises the same way Abraham and Sarah did—by faith.

Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord! Luke 1:45

Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6

By faith, even Sarah herself received power to conceive, and she bore a child when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised.

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2 AWM Living Commentary

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4 New Living Bible Translation*

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6 Strong’s concordance (Public domain)

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