So I posted the other day about how Abraham runs to serve the three men. He has lots of servants and it's the heat of the day yet he chose to do it himself, eagerly. Later he realizes that one of these men is Jesus. What a great thing to be caught doing. I can imagine how awful it would be to only give 50% to serve these guys and then find out one of them was the Lord. Or, get to heaven and wish that you gave more. Ugh.
Well, it got me wondering when he finally realized it was the Lord he had been serving. It seems his eyes were opened when God spoke of Himself as Judge of sin. "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me." This is a figurative way of stating that he as "Judge" does not act on the basis of mere complaints (or so says my commentary notes).
Before that point Abraham spoke to the men as normal men who he submitted himself to serve. After this comment by God the other two men "turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham approached him and said; 'Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?" So here's the scene, two of the men start walking away, the same men Abraham was running around to please and Abraham doesn't even say goodbye. He stands there starring at the Lord. Oh I would love to know what was going through his head at the moment. What would you be thinking? Whatever it was, he is pretty quick on his toes because right away he starts pleading for the people. What a big heart for someone who seems to think of himself a lot. I guess that shows me there is hope for me.
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