What can we learn from Abraham’s interaction with God?

Esp. Genesis 18:16-33

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As I see it, the account of Abraham's interaction with God has the following applications for believers today:

Like Abraham, we are to care as greatly for others (even those who do not follow God).

However, we must also accept and have faith in God's perfect will, even when it does not fully conform to our desires or wishes. We must not let such experiences adversely affect our relationship with Him.

Also, even if our prayers do not appear to be fully answered according to our wishes, we should seek to find the ways in which God responds on our behalf, as He did in saving Lot and his daughters.

January 24 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Img 5726 Leslie Coutinho
Genesis 18:2: And he lifted 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,

Abraham’s interaction with our Lord God opens one’s mind to have an understanding and to discern in the right spirit whom we at times, our Father in Heaven will lead us to interact with. Abraham lifted his eyes of wisdom and led him to run and meet the three men who stood close by him. Knowing that he found favor in the Lord’s sight who came unto him, he was led by his wisdom to prepare to wash their feet and prepare a meal that would comfort their hearts. (Gen 18:4-5) 

In this interaction that Abraham had, Manoah’s barren wife also had an angel of the Lord who appeared unto her and was told that she would conceive and bear a son. Manoah, being told by his wife, then arose and went to the man of God and spoke to him for the words spoken to them to come to pass. The man of God didn't want to eat anything from him, nor did He tell His name for it was a secret that is wonderful. And when he offered a burnt offering the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar towards heaven. (Judges 13:2,6,8,11,16-20) 

For every interaction that a church goes through in life, one needs to have the right discernment to have a contrite spirit to interact with our Lord God. As our Lord Jesus said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” (John 8:56)

Judges 13:18: And the angel of the Lord said unto him, "Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?"

January 25 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
I believe we can learn something from Abraham's interaction with God here in Genesis 18:16-33. We can learn that Abraham was like God, just from hearing his prayer to God. He prayed that the city of Sodom be spared if at all possible. He didn't want the whole city incinerated. God did not want that either, really, IF POSSIBLE. He doesn't want any to perish. Abraham did not either, so he prayed that they wouldn't be destroyed if only a righteous remnant be found.

March 18 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Daniel Veler
I believe one of the most interactions Abraham had with the Father is outlined in the book Hebrews.

Hebrews 11: 8: By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

You see God showed Abraham a land with a city whose builder was God. 

Abraham did not come into the possession of what God had showed him. But Abraham believed what God had told him. So he traveled throughout the land in search of the place that the Lord had showed him. 

The apostle wrote they didn’t understood the place they were seeking was a heavenly place. 

Because Abraham believed the Lord, it was accounted to him as righteous. That is why the scriptures say this:

Romans 4: 3: For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

What Abraham was promised is what we are promised in Christ. We, too, one day will go to a heavenly place where the city of God has built, and we'll forever be with the Lord in the new Heaven and Earth. 

Israel today still has not understood that Abraham was told he would receive the land and city as an everlasting possession. For it to be an everlasting possession it would have no end. They believe the place God told Abraham about exists today in Jerusalem. 

When the scriptures talk about Abraham traveling in the land of promise, this did not mean he was traveling in the promised land. It only meant he traveled in the land where he received the promise.

March 17 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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