Under the Oaks at Mamre
Posted by Debbonnaire Kovacs, July 14, 2016
The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on– since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” Genesis 18:1-10a
Just some thoughts this week:
When have you sat by your door in the heat of the day? Was it physical heat? Emotional heat? Why were you there?
When you see strangers walking by your house (or your heart), have you ever run to bow down and invite them in? Why or why not?
Has your spouse ever broken it to you without notice that he/she had invited guests and you needed to hurry up and get something ready? How did you feel? What did you do?
[Side note: How long do you suppose it took to butcher a calf and prepare it…? I can tell you, hours, at the least!]
The important question: If you went out of your way to let someone in, to care for them, feed them, give what you have to them…what do you suppose would be born in you?