Summary: When God came for a visit
1. Abraham believed God’s promise of a son. “Abraham fell to his face and laughed” (17:17).
2. Sarah doubted God’s promise. “Sarah laughed . . . shall I have pleasure my lord (Abraham) being old also?” (18:12).
3. Five categories of doubt (note progression).
Weak faith, a muscle without strength. “Abraham’s faith did not weaken” (Rom. 4:19, NLT).
Little faith, a small muscle without strength. “O thou of little faith” (Matt. 14:31).
Faithlessness, a car’s gear in neutral, no positive faith nor negative unbelief. “O faithless . . . generation, how long shall I be with you?” (Matt. 17:17).
Doubt. “Speculation or controlled by human thinking. “Wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matt. 14:31, KJV).
Unbelief. Negative response or rejection of God’s command. “Because of your unbelief” (Matt. 17:20, NKJV).
B. WHEN GOD CAME FOR A VISIT
“The Lord visited Abraham’s camp in the mountains about mid-day. Abraham was sitting in his tent’s door, and ran to meet three men as they approached him. Abraham asked them to rest and allow them to prepare a meal. They agreed. Abraham ran to get his servants to prepare a gracious dinner. When they got finished eating, the Lord said, ‘Where is Sarah?’ She was in the tent. The Lord said, ‘She will have a baby boy in one year’” (18:1-10, Amplified).
1. Unexpected. The Lord usually comes to us when we don’t expect Him.
2. What if Abraham didn’t have faith eyes? Abraham, “Noticed three men standing nearby” (18:2, NLT).
3. Be gracious to everyone, you never know if it’s God (18:17) or angels. “Entertained angels unaware” (Heb. 13:2).
4. Don’t be cheap. Abraham killed the fatted cow (18:7) for a southern barbeque!
5. Feed others first. “As they ate, Abraham waited on them” (18:8, NLT).
6. God usually begins with a question. “Where is Sarah?”
7. God knows the name of your spouse. Only God and Abraham knew her name had been changed.
8. When listening to God, look for His message of change to you. “About this time next year . . . Sarah will have a son” (18:10).
C. ANALYSIS OF FAITH
“Sarah was ease dropping and she laughed within herself when she heard she would have a baby. Both she and Abraham were old and she was beyond the age of having a baby. The Lord asked Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say an old woman couldn’t have a baby? Is anything too hard for God?’ But Sarah was afraid and denied that she laughed. But God said, ‘That is not true, you did laugh’” (18:11-15, Amplified).
1. You usually get in trouble ease dropping. Why? You don’t hear everything, and you don’t know the context, and often times you want to believe the opposite.
2. God knows your inward thoughts, sarcasm and doubts.
3. Why did God ask Abraham a question instead of pointing out her doubts?
4. Because of ease dropping, you might hear what you don’t want to hear. Sarah heard God question Abraham about her laugh. That probably terrified her.
5. Three questions from God:
First, “Why did Sarah laugh?” Internal examination.
Second, “Why did she say old women can’t have a baby?” To break her limited thinking.