Jesus in Genesis 18 as Jehovah
(Series: Jesus in Genesis – #5)
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Scripture: “And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said,” (Genesis 18:1-2).
Main Point: The Lord is Jehovah, and He involves Himself in the lives of His children as He reveals His ways to them.
Review: Jesus said in John’s Gospel that He appeared the Abraham: “Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So, the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So, they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. (ESV – John 8:56–59).
I. The Lord appeared to Abraham. “When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you and may multiply you greatly’” (ESV – Genesis 17:1–2).
II. The Lord makes time for His servants. “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of 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’” (ESV – Genesis 18:3–5).
III. No blessing is too great for our God.
“The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, ‘No, but you did laugh’” (ESV – a Genesis 18:13–15).
IV. The Lord reveals His ways to the righteous.
“The LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?” For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him” (ESV – Genesis 18:17-19).
V. No outcry escapes the Lord’s notice.
“Then the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.” So, the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD” (ESV – Genesis 18:20–22).
VI. The Lord tempers His justice with grace.
“He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” And the LORD went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place. The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom” (ESV – Genesis 18:32–19:1).
Conclusion: When you seek the Lord and walk in His righteousness, he will reveal himself to you.