I must admit that it felt kind of weird typing the words “God drops by for dinner”, but that’s what happened. Abraham was sitting outside his tent one day when he sees three men approaching; they were God− Father, Son and Spirit.
No, I don’t think it was God and two bodyguards; what would He need bodyguards for?
Being a gracious host, Abraham offers something to eat and drink, and they accept. He tells Sarah to get busy baking bread; he selects a perfect calf and tells a servant to prepare it for roasting; the Three would be there for the day it would seem, for it takes a long time to go from flour to bread and from a living calf to a roasted one… They would be visiting for quite some time just as close friends like to do.
I wonder how often we spend time with God just visiting…
Abraham returns to his Guest with milk and curds. “Where is Sarah?” He asks. (Notice they knew his wife’s name).
Abraham says that she is in the tent.
Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” (18:10)
Sarah, listening at the opening of the tent (wasn’t she supposed to be making bread?) chuckles to herself at the thought of becoming pregnant at 90 and the Lord wanted to know why she was laughing− she lied. “Yes, you did laugh” was the Lord’s reply…
The Christmas Story is all about an impossible birth, and so is Father Abraham’s story. From an earthly point of view, neither story can be true, and ever since that time, people who do not have ears to hear, have dismissed both as mere myth. Yet both really took place, for nothing is too hard for our God. Abraham’s is a story of promise, the Christmas Story is a story of promise fulfilled and I can’t help but think that of all seasons of the year, this is the most hopeful, for if nothing else it reminds us of the hope we have in Christ… if only we could stop hustling and bustling long enough to have eyes that see.
We’ll pick up the story here next time, and when we do, we will have a rare glimpse into the mind of God at work: see you then!