You know, there are days you get so tired of work or any other thing for that matter that you decide to sit under a shade especially during periods of hot weather to just relax.
This isn’t what you’d find routinely in the concrete jungles of many cities, but usually in the open expanses of the country, villages and maybe a few places in town.
Abraham, in such like days decided to relax at the entrance of his tent during the hottest part of the day. He soon caught sight of three men (one of which may have appeared to Abraham to be The ALMIGHTY) standing some distance away, they may have appeared worn and tired for Abraham soon ran out to meet them, bowed before them with his face ‘touching the ground’ in what could be described as a form of worship. This is unlike the bowing you’d normally find with the Japanese in reverencing the presence of another. It is very unusual to find Jews bow before a fellow man and also unusual for angels to recieve such complements as you’d find most of the angels refusing such when accorded them in several stories of the Bible, often asking the humans to stand to their feet and not bow before any other, but to and before YAHWEH. Many feel that Abraham must have noticed something supernaturally unusual with these guests/strangers (or just one of them) in deciding to bow before them, and these must be strangers far beyond angels in not restraining him from gesturing in worship before them. As it came to be, one of them according to biblical accounts was indeed YAHWEH making Abraham one of those few to see him.
Abraham offered to wash their feet and feed them while they rest underneath a tree, before continuing their journey and in doing so, made a profound statement when he said, “You have honoured me by coming to my home, so let me serve you”, an attitude lacking in our days where it’s anathema to just walk into someone’s house unannounced regardless of one’s close relationship with the host.
Chances of that stranger been a serial killer must’ve been very low in those days or Abraham may have been too trusting for his own good. I’m wont to believe the latter was more like it.
Not many strangers will reject such an offer, so before you could say Abram, the strangers were already lounging away at the bread,beef and milk Abraham had presented to them.
While the men ate, they enquired after Sarah to which Abraham replied that, ‘She’s there in the tent’.
And one of the men said unto him, “I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.” I know you know that Sarah laughed, but who wouldn’t? Even people who aren’t as old as Abraham and Sarah in same situation easily give up hope of ever having their own children. It’s even rare especially in traditional societies where successful marriages are predicated on children to find childless couples remaining in marriages.
Definitely, Abraham could still father children, but Sarah could not conceive now because she certainly has seen many years of menopause.
Interestingly, even Sarah understood that this miracle will involve having sex hence her statement, ” Now that I am old and worn out, can I still enjoy sex? And besides, my husband is old too”. Miracles are an attribute of YAHWEH but definitely not magic. Magic would’ve involved Sarah not needing to have sex before conceiving her son, or even needing as much as ”the time of life” for her to put to bed.
The visitors caught Sarah in the act, and though she denied laughing, they still reiterated their promise with the rhetorical question, ”Is anything too hard for YAHWEH?”
I have always wondered how and why it is that YAHWEH left it so late for Abraham and Sarah even when they were very devout in worship and faithful in their conduct towards Him.
But YAHWEH alone knows what is good for a man.HE doesn’t count the years like man does, and though Abraham had the child of promise late, his, turned out to be the most enduring. The one we still talk about today, whose offsprings are like the stars of heaven, and like the sands of the sea.
The three strangers now made to leave, but not without dropping another bombshell, that I know will interest you especially if you’ve been following the pro- and anti-gay debate that’s currently raging worldwide.
* Genesis Chapter 18 Verse 1-15
| King James Version & Goodnews Bible |