OBJECTIVE

With previous discussions in mind, explore “the unity of God” as revealed in Genesis 18 in order to reveal the basis of the believers’ unit.

TRUTH: Unity is of paramount importance in the Body of Christ because God is ONE.

1. And the LORD (Yĕhovah/H3068)  appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day  (WHO APPEARED?)

 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. (HOW MANY MEN?)

3. And said, My Lord ‘Adonay/H136/God Almighty, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant (v. 1 – 3).

 

WHAT TERM DID ABRAHAM ADDRESS THE THREE MEN?

HE REFERRED TO GOD AS ‘Adonay

GOD REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS Yĕhovah

 

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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.

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.

 

THE TENSE CHANGES FROM PLURAL TO SINGULAR, SHOWING THAT ONE PERSON WAS SPEAKING ALL ALONG.

ONE SPEAKS FOR ALL

 

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 (Yĕhovah/H3068) said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?

 

GOD HEARD HER THOUGHTS. HE HEARS OUR THOUGHTS FROM AFAR. 

 

14. Is any thing too hard for the LORD (Yĕhovah/H3068)? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. 114

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 (Yĕhovah/H3068) (SEE VERSE 1 – ONE SPEAKS) 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 (Yĕhovah/H3068)  said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; T

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 (Yĕhovah/H3068)

 

TWO MEN CALLED Yĕhovah/H3068 WENT TO SODOM LEAVING ONE FAMILY MEMBER (Yĕhovah/H3068) TO SPEAK WITH ABRAHAM.

 

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 (Yĕhovah/H3068)  said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes

 

THE UNITY OF GOD – EACH MEMBER OF THE GOD FAMILY IS JUDGE OF ALL THE EARTH.

HOW WILL THE OTHER TWO FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW THE RESPONSE TO ABRAHAM’S REQUEST?

GOD HAS LONG DISTANCE HEARING.

WILL THEY AGREE?

YES, BUT THEY ALREADY KNEW THAT ONLY ONE GOD FEARING MAN LIVED IN SODOM AND GOMORRAH. 

 

27. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord  (‘Adonay/H136), 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 (‘Adonay/H136) 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 (‘Adonay/H136): 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 (‘Adonay/H136):  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 (Yĕhovah/H3068)  went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

 

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