1. Hello, listening friends.
2. It is a joy to know that you are there listening to this program.
3. And we are always glad to hear from you.
4. We are in the midst of a series of messages on the life of Abraham.
5. And in our last broadcast, we left Abraham struggling with the message from God.
6. That Isaac will be born to him and Sarah.
7. Abraham’s own plans were not God’s promises.
8. Now Abraham has learned that his 90-year-old wife is going to bear a son to would be the fulfillment of God’s promise.
9. Sarah was a Godly woman and a good wife to Abraham.
10. God was going to use Sarah, a woman, to fulfill his promise to Abraham.
11. In the past broadcasts, we have seen that after 13 years of spiritual stagnation.
12. Abraham and Sarah get revived and energized by El Shaddai.
13. In chapter 18 verses 1 to 5,
14. The Lord appears to Abraham with two angels on each side.
15. The Lord's appearance here is different from the previous times.
16. He did not come to Abraham in a dream.
17. He did not come to him materialized as El Shaddai.
18. But the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ came to him in person.
19. Abraham recognizes immediately that they were not ordinary human beings...
20. so in an act of worship Abraham bows down.
21. As if to say, “My Lord you know me... I am Abraham...
22. and if you are pleased with me... I want you to stop by my place.”
23. Abraham was longing for the Lord's company...
24. and with typical ancient hospitality he washed their feet and prepared them food.
25. In Verses 6, 7, and 8 Abraham rushes into the tent and shares his excitement with Sarah...
26. "Quick prepare three measures of fine flour, kneed it, and make bread."
27. The Bible says Sarah immediately sprang into action.
28. Now, I am not advising you husbands to habitually bring visitors unannounced to your wife night after night.
29. But I know that when the occasion presents itself... it becomes an opportunity for wives to manifest their spirituality.
30. I try to imagine old Abraham running into the tent... "Sarah, rustle up some food... these are no ordinary visitors."
31. And Sarah beautifully... and graciously responds.
32. If she had been one of these modern day women... she would have exploded like a faulty pressure cooker.
33. But she acted with graciousness and hospitality.
34. No wonder the Apostle Peter in I Peter 3 chooses Sarah... over all the other women in the Old Testament... as an illustration of how to be a godly wife.
35. Now, she was not perfect...
36. nor was Abraham...
37. but with amazing resilience... she showed strength of character under the pressure of the unexpected.
38. Sarah was gracious and hospitable... so was Abraham.
39. He did not just sit and put his feet up... letting Sarah do all the work...
41. After washing their feet. . . he ran to his herd and he chose the best of his cattle and gave it to his servants to prepare for the honored guests.
42. In verses 9 to 12 the Lord asked for Sarah by name.
43. Listening friends, I want to tell you something very important.
44. Christ always calls you by name.
45. Do you know that Jesus always calls you by name?
46. Jesus called Zaccheus by name... to come down from the tree top.
47. He called Nathaniel by name...\
48. and he knew him before he saw him.
49. He told the Samaritan woman all about her past...
50. He knew her by name.
51. All things are known to Him.
52. So, in Verse 10 The Lord repeats the promise of the coming son by Sarah.
53. Some of you may say, "wait a minute... why is the Lord repeating himself...
54. he already told Abraham in chapter 17 that he will have a son.”
55. Ah, you see, Abraham knew about it... but he did not told Sarah.
56. And the Lord knew that Sarah was eaves dropping in the inner tent
57. and he wanted to make sure that she heard it.
58. in Chapter 17 God prepared Abraham for the promised blessing...
59. but Abraham did not rush home and break the news to Sarah.
60. So, in Genesis 18, therefore, the Lord prepares Sarah for that news.
61. In Verse 12, she could not fathom what she had just heard.
62. Can you picture someone who is 99 years of age walking into the house and calls his 90-year-old wife and says, "Guess what… we are going to have a baby."
63. It is probably enough to give her a heart attack.
64. But instead of a heart attack... Sarah laughed to herself in the kitchen.
65. She did not think that anyone would know about this.
66. But the Lord did.
67. But also notice that the Lord does not rebuke Sarah for laughing.
68. Instead of rebuking Sarah, the Lord asks Abraham why Sarah is laughing.
69. I think this is a rebuke for Abraham for not passing the news onto his wife.
70. In V. 14 listen to what the Lord said,
71. “Is anything too hard for the LORD?...” (Gen 18:14 NIV)
72. James tells us if we are asking and not receiving;
73. It is because we ask wrongly.
74. It is because we ask selfishly.
75. It is because we ask ignorantly.
76. "Is anything too difficult for the Lord?"
77. The answer is no!
78. It is we... who need to learn the lesson of knowing what to do with what He gives us.
79. In the book of Numbers, God says to Moses,
80. “Is the Lord's power limited?”
81. Jeremiah said to the Lord; "Nothing is too difficult for you."
82. In Luke 1:37 the angel Gabriel told the virgin Mary of coming pregnancy with these words
83. "For nothing will be impossible with God."
84. Let’s get back to the book of Genesis.
85. In verse 15 of chapter 18
86. “Sarah was afraid and so she lied and said ‘I didn’t laugh’ and he said, ‘yes you did laugh’”
87. Out of fear Sarah denies her laughter...
88. but as a result of her encounter with the Lord... Sarah became a woman of faith.
89. And in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 11 tells us that she was a woman of faith.
90. In Genesis 18: 16 to 19,
91. we see a beautiful picture of Abraham walking with the Lord,
92. communion with the Lord,
93. fellowshipping with the Lord,
94. communicating on a deep level with the Lord.
95. My listening friend, as I conclude I want to ask you several questions.
96. Do you take time to commune with God?
97. Do you take time to hear the voice of God?
98. Or, do you get so busy that your fellowship with God takes less and less time?
99. Until, you become spiritually dry.
1. Then, when you get into trouble, you say: “why has God forsaken me?”
2. In reality, it is you who have forsaken Him by ceasing to daily fellowship with Him.
3. Will you come back to Him today?
4. Will you say to Him, “Lord, I am sorry that I have forsaken my time with you.”
5. “Lord, forgive me my negligence of communing with you.”
6. “Help me to make my walking daily with you to be the priority of my life.”
7. And if you’ve made that decision, write and tell us.
8. In our next program, we will see the benefits of daily walking with God.
9. God will reveal to you His secrets when you commune with Him.
10. So, until then, I wish you God’s richest blessings.