Children’s Study – Abraham, Part 10

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Abraham – Part 10

These words were written not only for Abraham

by Victor Torres

In our last study, we were reminded of the things that Abraham went through to develop his faith in the Lord. We also saw that Abraham’s story is a very important tool which the Lord uses to teach us how to live a godly life. This is also true to every part of the Bible.

Let us now look closer to the part of Abraham’s story we read last time and answer one of your questions.

Gen 18:1 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. (ESV)

The Lord appearing to Abraham again is telling us that if the Lord is truly working in our lives when we are here on earth, then He will “appear” to us by giving us understanding of His words.

1Jn 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

In Genesis 18:2, we will see how God appears to us today. But for now, let’s focus on what time does God appears to us. He appears to us “in the heat of the day”. In the heat of the day means our fiery trials that God uses to move us to pray to Him and to trust Him.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

fiery (adj) – marked by fire; intense

It is through these intense hard times that God humbles us and makes us rely on Him more. Fire changes everything. These fiery trials which could be a death or sickness in the family, or the loss of something very important to you. Knowing God gives us these fiery trials out of His love for us, keeps us from becoming bitter and angry towards Him.

This is why He gives us these intense trials:

1Pe 4:13 Be glad for the chance to suffer as Christ suffered. It will prepare you for even greater happiness when he makes his glorious return.
1Pe 4:14 Count it a blessing when you suffer for being a Christian. This shows that God’s glorious Spirit is with you. (CEV)

It is not easy being a true Christian. People will hate you for not agreeing with them in just about everything. People will mock you for not taking part in their traditions like Christmas and birthdays. People will belittle you for not joining things they are involved with like elections or politics.

belittle (v) – to express a low opinion of

politics (n) – activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government

But these sufferings prepare us “for even greater happiness when He makes His glorious return” (1Pe 4:13) and “shows God’s spirit is with us” (1Pe 4:14).

Like our Lord Jesus Christ, we are not of this world, so we should not be involved in the affairs of this world, including elections and politics.

2Ti 2:3 Therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2Ti 2:4 No one who wars tangles with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who chose him to be a soldier. (MKJV)

affairs (n) – work or activities done for a purpose

So true Christians should not vote on elections and should not join demonstrations or rallies for certain causes. We are told to set our minds on:

Col 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Col 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Let’s now look at how the Lord appeared to Abraham:

Gen 18:2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. He quickly ran to meet them, bowed with his face to the ground, (CEV)

Now we know how the Lord appeared to Abraham. He appeared to him as a man with two other men. The number two is a symbol of God’s witnesses or His elect. So this is how God appears to us today, through His elect.

1Jn 4:12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us. (MKJV)

The Lord appearing to Abraham with two other men should remind us that He is not alone in doing His work. He sends His elect to do the work His Father sent Him to do.

Joh 20:21 Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you. As My Father has sent Me, even so I send you. (MKJV)

Let’s see how Abraham treated the Lord and His companions:

Gen 18:2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. He quickly ran to meet them, bowed with his face to the ground,
Gen 18:3 and said, “Please come to my home where I can serve you. (CEV)

True followers of Christ should be ready to serve others, specially those who belong to the elect.

Gal 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

These words are easier said than done because as you grow up, you will see that this world is getting worse and worse, and the people of this world continue to do evil, so you will be tempted to follow them.

It is important for you to listen often to your parents and to teachers who will instruct you to be rich in good works.

1Ti 6:18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share with others. (GNB)

We always remind you that serving the people of God is the same as serving our Lord Himself.

Let’s continue the story of Abraham:

Gen 18:4 I’ll have some water brought, so you can wash your feet, then you can rest under the tree.
Gen 18:5 Let me get you some food to give you strength before you leave. I would be honored to serve you.” “Thank you very much,” they answered. “We accept your offer.”

Some people because of their pride or shyness do not accept the help of other people. Some people don’t ask for help even when they desperately need them. This is bad. We should accept the help of other people when they offer them and we should ask for help when we truly need it.

desperately (adv) – used to emphasize the extreme degree of something (seriously, severely, gravely)

Gen 18:6 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.

hasten (v) – to do something quickly

knead (v) – to prepare (dough) by pressing a mixture of flour, water, etc., with your hands

hearth (n) – a brick, stone, or concrete area in front of a fireplace

The word “meal” used in the verse above is an old English word for flour. So Abraham is really telling his wife Sarah to prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and bake it.

Gen 18:7 After saying this, he rushed off to his herd of cattle and picked out one of the best calves, which his servant quickly prepared.
Gen 18:8 He then served his guests some yogurt and milk together with the meat. While they were eating, he stood near them under the trees,
Gen 18:9 and they asked, “Where is your wife Sarah?” “She is right there in the tent,” Abraham answered.
Gen 18:10 (MKJV) And He said, I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and lo, Sarah your wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard in the tent door which was behind Him.
Gen 18:11 (CEV) Abraham and Sarah were very old, and Sarah was well past the age for having children.
Gen 18:12 So she laughed and said to herself, “Now that I am worn out and my husband is old, will I really know such happiness?
Gen 18:13 The LORD asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Does she doubt that she can have a child in her old age?
Gen 18:14 I am the LORD! There is nothing too difficult for me. I’ll come back next year at the time I promised, and Sarah will already have a son.”

God is truly omnipotent. Omnipotent means all-powerful or almighty. He has unlimited power, and He can do anything.

Mar 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”

How did Sarah react when the Lord knew that she laughed?

Gen 18:15 Sarah was so frightened that she lied and said, “I didn’t laugh.” “Yes, you did!” he answered. (CEV)

God also knows everything, just as He has the power to do anything. Sarah didn’t know this so she tried to lie that she didn’t laugh. There is a word that describes when someone knows everything, it’s called omniscient.

omniscient – having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight

So God is both omnipotent and omniscient. In the New Testament, we are told that Sarah was later given the faith to trust God that He will give her a son.

Heb 11:11 And by faith Sarah herself had power to give birth, when she was very old, because she had faith in him who gave his word; (BBE)

Abraham also became a good example to Sarah, after he laughed first at this promise of our Lord that he will have a son.

Rom 4:18 There was no hope that Abraham would have children, but Abraham believed God and continued to hope. And that is why he became the father of many nations. As God told him, “You will have many descendants.”
Rom 4:19 Abraham was almost a hundred years old, so he was past the age for having children. Also, Sarah could not have children. Abraham was well aware of this, but his faith in God never became weak [after a certain point, for we know he first laughed at the promise of the Lord that he will have a son]. (ERV)
Rom 4:20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, (ESV)

waver (v) – become unsteady or unreliable

Rom 4:21 Abraham felt sure that God was able to do what he promised.
Rom 4:22 So that’s why “he was accepted as one who is right with God.”
Rom 4:23 These words (“he was accepted”) were written not only for Abraham.
Rom 4:24 They were also written for us. God will also accept us because we believe. We believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from death. (ERV)

“They were also written for us” are powerful words that we should not forget. The story of Abraham, the story of Adam and Eve, all the stories in the Old Testament and the New Testament are all written for us, for our admonition:

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (KJV)

admonition (n) – calling attention, rebuke or warning

Rom 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (ESV)

The Scriptures are written to instruct us, to warn us, to correct us, to encourage us. They were written to give us hope.

Gen 18:16 When the three men got ready to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked part of the way with them.
Gen 18:17 The LORD said to himself, “I should tell Abraham what I am going to do,
Gen 18:18 since his family will become a great and powerful nation that will be a blessing to all other nations on earth.
Gen 18:19 I have chosen him to teach his family to obey me forever and to do what is right and fair. Then I will give Abraham many descendants, just as I promised.”
Gen 18:20 The LORD said, “Abraham, I have heard that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are doing all kinds of evil things.
Gen 18:21 Now I am going down to see for myself if those people really are that bad. If they aren’t, I want to know about it.”
Gen 18:22 The men turned and started toward Sodom. But the LORD stayed with Abraham,
Gen 18:23 who asked, “LORD, when you destroy the evil people, are you also going to destroy those who are good?
Gen 18:24 Wouldn’t you spare the city if there are only fifty good people in it?
Gen 18:25 You surely wouldn’t let them be killed when you destroy the evil ones. You are the judge of all the earth, and you do what is right.”
Gen 18:26 The LORD replied, “If I find fifty good people in Sodom, I will save the city to keep them from being killed.”
Gen 18:27 Abraham answered, “I am nothing more than the dust of the earth. Please forgive me, LORD, for daring to speak to you like this.
Gen 18:28 But suppose there are only forty-five good people in Sodom. Would you still wipe out the whole city?” “If I find forty-five good people,” the LORD replied, “I won’t destroy the city.”
Gen 18:29 “Suppose there are just forty good people?” Abraham asked. “Even for them,” the LORD replied, “I won’t destroy the city.”
Gen 18:30 Abraham said, “Please don’t be angry, LORD, if I ask you what you will do if there are only thirty good people in the city.” “If I find thirty,” the LORD replied, “I still won’t destroy it.”
Gen 18:31 Then Abraham said, “I don’t have any right to ask you, LORD, but what would you do if you find only twenty?” “Because of them, I won’t destroy the city,” was the LORD’s answer.
Gen 18:32 Finally, Abraham said, “Please don’t get angry, LORD, if I speak just once more. Suppose you find only ten good people there.” “For the sake of ten good people,” the LORD told him, “I still won’t destroy the city.”

[Q – Why is the Lord willing not to destroy Sodom even if there were only 10 good people?]

Gen 18:33 After speaking with Abraham, the LORD left, and Abraham went back home.

Again, the Bible is written with the goal of giving us hope. The Lord is willing not to destroy Sodom even if there were only 10 good people in it tells us how patient God is with us.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV)

Here is another translation of this verse:

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not being slow in doing what he promised–the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He doesn’t want anyone to be lost. He wants everyone to change their ways and stop sinning. (ERV)

The Lord does not want anyone to be lost. He wants everyone to change their ways and stop sinning. Now that we know He is omnipotent or all-powerful, we know that this is what will happen. Everyone will change their ways and stop sinning.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: (KJV)

Isa 46:10 “In the beginning, I told you what would happen in the end. A long time ago, I told you things that have not happened yet. When I plan something, it happens. I do whatever I want to do. (ERV)

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