Today’s passage: Genesis 18:1-33
- God gives the promise of a son to Abraham and Sarah again. This time in Sarah’s hearing.
- She couldn’t believe it! She was physically beyond her child-bearing years.
- She denied she laughed because of fear.
- God did not need to go down to Sodom to see what was really happening. He knows all things from eternity.
- Abraham’s continued questioning reveals what he knows about the city and what his greatest fear is. The Lord knew as well and He would grant Abraham’s request. Lot and his family would be offered the ability to escape Sodom before it was destroyed.
Questions to consider:
- In what ways do we see evidence that Abraham knew who he was hosting and with whom he was speaking? What are all the ways Abraham honored the Lord and spoke to Him as his Lord?
- Sarah’s actions and words are referenced in 1 Peter 3:1-6 (Specifically in verse 6). What is the irony found when comparing the end of verse 6 with Genesis 18:15? In what way does fear affect biblical submission? What things does fear drive us to do? What does perfect love do to fear (1 John 4:18)?
- Why did God say he would go down to see if Sodom was really as wicked as the outcry had revealed? If God already knew everything already, what was He communicating to Abraham? Does God do anything flippantly? How did His focused attention communicate His due diligence, precision, justice, etc.?