Genesis 18, Matthew 17, Nehemiah 7, Acts 17

If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 18, Matthew 17, Nehemiah 7, Acts 17. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Genesis 18:1-19.

In Genesis 18, we read of Abraham’s personal meeting with God and two angels in human form. Before Abraham knew who his guests were, he provided for them water to wash their feet and an excellent meal to revive their strength for the next segment of their travels. By these actions  Abraham demonstrated what a gracious man he was. In verse 9, Abraham’s visitors turned their attention to his family; they asked where Sarah was and then promised that she would have a son about a year later (v. 10). This promise was difficult to hear. God had promised them a son before but they had grown old waiting for him to arrive. At their advanced age, Sarah could only chuckle bitterly at the idea that she would finally have a son. The Lord did not ignore her outburst of unbelief but he also did not withdraw his promise. Finally, Abraham’s guests resumed their journey and we begin to see that there is a dual purpose for this visit to earth. In addition to the restatement of God’s promise of a son to them—this time with an actual deadline, we learn that these mysterious guests are headed to Sodom with very low expectations about what they will find there. 

As Genesis 18 transitions from Abraham & his family to the question of Sodom’s future, God provides us with insight into his thinking about Sodom. When considering whether or not to tell Abraham about what he will do to Sodom, God said this: “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” God’s purpose in choosing Abraham was so that Abraham would teach his family to follow God. Why do you think the family so important to God’s work and will in the world?

Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.