THUR. JUNE 23 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 18 – NICK FURLONI HOST

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Genesis 18

The Three Visitors

18 The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.

He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord,[a] do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”

“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs[b] of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”

Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. He then brought some curds and milkand the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.

“There, in the tent,” he said.

10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”

Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”

But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”

Abraham Pleads for Sodom

16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lordsaid, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[c] 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so greatand their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[d] 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[e] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”

He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”

He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”

33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.

Devotional

Genesis 18
Abraham and Sarah‘s story continues. Abraham sits under the trees during the heat of the day when the Lord appears to him. He senses a presence and looks up and sees three men and runs to greet them. Again he bows down like in the last chapter. He knows he’s in the presence of the Lord. That feeling you get when you know God is with you. ❤️
Stay with me a while I am your servant. Let me wash your feet and give you fuel for your journey. Allow me too prepare bread for you and a fatted calf. They didn’t have Tim’s or Nikes to wear; their feet are calloused, crusty and dirty from sandals that were handmade. They didn’t have cars to travel nor did they have to pay high prices for gas… they just needed to eat to sustain their bodies to travel.
So as they rest and wait they ask where Sarah is. “She’s in the tent,” Abraham replied. The Lord reiterated “ I will certainly return to you about this time a year from now and at that time your wife Sarah will have a son.” Now Sarah was eavesdropping, standing in the doorway and she chuckled to herself. Yesterday Abraham was laughing at this promise and now Sarah is laughing. She’s not really laughing at God she’s laughing at the fact that she’s 127 years old! She’s already been through menopause her body is not in a working position to have a child yet here is this man telling her this time next year when he comes back she’s gonna have a baby in her arms. She was unbelieving.
God calls her out on it why are you laughing? She realizes that God is questioning her and she gets fearful and lies.  Oh … no … I’m not really laughing and God replied… yeah you are.  A child would truly be a miracle of God. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” absolutely not. Even when our faith is weak God keeps his promises.
At this point the men have eaten and they’re ready to continue on their journey so they get up and leave. Then God reveals his plan to Abraham. That’s when the bargaining begins and that’s when the test of Abraham‘s heart begins. Abraham is concerned about those who are innocent in Sodom and Gomorrah. He is hoping that there are people there that trust God, that Lot has brought them into God’s family.  Abraham’s bold intersession for the people of Sodom. This is the heart of a true leader. This is the heart God wanted him to have to lead a mighty nation. Abraham is ready… to walk beside God and allow him to continue the story to fulfill God’s promises and journey of faith and salvation.
My question to you today is:
Do you believe there is anything too big for the Lord?
Don’t give up on your miracle before it happens.   🙏🏻
🙌 🙏🏻 ❤️
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