January 18, 2018
Day 18 of our reading is in Genesis 18. Abraham makes intercession for the righteous. It is amazing how the Lord responded to Abraham's plea to save the city of Sodom and Gomorrah if there be any righteous. Also, it is noteworthy, the way in which Abraham talked to the Lord to make such a request. It is a definite eye-opener on how we are to approach the Lord.
God had a special place in His heart for Abraham. They talked several times and, no doubt, they had a special bond. But when Abraham approached the Lord to make his request known, it was with the utmost humility, reverence and fear for the Almighty God."If I may speak just one more time...", Abraham said.
How often, when I approach the Lord, do I give the proper reverence and respect? I'm not owed anything by God, even the Lord's time to hear my petition. Looking back, does my attitude and approach come across with reverence or entitlement?
The Lord respects and gives hear to the humility of the righteous. He will not turn them away.
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The Lord appears to Abraham
1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
Sarah is reproved for laughing at the strange promise
9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
Abraham makes intercession for its people
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.
30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
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I could probably use more humility. Sometimes when I talk to him it would be as if I was talking to a friend, casual or lacking respect. I am glad he is also a forgiving God that understands we forget our place from time to time. I have never had to talk to a king face to face but I should really practice ?
God truly is involved in our lives. Recently I was sick. As you know, I don't get sick often, but when I do, it's bad. Obviously, since I was sick, I really didn't eat much. I prayed and asked the Lord to heal me and help me get over this sickness. Immediately God was on the scene, but not in the way you might think. He was speaking to my heart, telling me what to do to get over this illness I had. Yes, He was healing me, in His own way. We always look at God as a miracle worker, which we should. Sometimes, though, we forget He's the Great Physician also. He bandages our wounds, He cleans up our cuts and bruises, and He also prescribes His remedy for healing sickness. I followed His every direction and still am following. He leads, I follow. I'm almost completely well. It's at these times of illness, if you really listen you can hear Him speaking to your heart telling you what to do. He's truly interested and involved in our lives.
Many human beings go through life thinking God is not involved in what they are doing or thinking. As we know, this could not be farther from the truth. Praise the Lord for being "involved" with what I am doing or thinking. He lets me know when I need to repent. He reassures me when I am worried, He goes before me to make a way when all logic would say there isn't one. He is ACTIVELY involved!