Live life, Love life, Love God!!


Imagine this scene.  Abraham, fresh from making his covenant with God.  He is just passing through the land God has promised to him and all his descendants, those descendants that will be numbered like the stars in the sky.  They are in the desert, so it is probably very hot – even 4000 years before global warming!   He’s at a place called Mamre, and there are trees there.  I’d pitch my tent too.  Shade is a good thing to find in the desert!  
Abraham is an old man.  He’s probably got some sort of flask for water near him.  Maybe a nice comfortable fold up camping chair (you know – from Wal Mart!). Maybe eating some local fruit, cool in the shade.  
All of a sudden, he’s got company.  It says 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.   The Lord appeared to him!!  Just a normal day, minding his own business.  He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him.   They are in the desert.  Visibility is usually pretty good.  You can see for miles and miles out there.  He probably saw these three men coming, as he’s sitting there enjoying his ordinary, average day.  They approach, now they are in front of him, and it’s the Lord!!   But – it’s the Lord??   Not one man, but three.  Seems kind of mysterious doesn’t it?  Kind of weird if you ask me.

When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “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.”   As well he should be, Abraham is very welcoming to his visitors.  Hospitality is just a part of the nature of desert people.  They look out for one another, share meals with strangers passing through.   Just an ordinary day.  Wash your feet, please.  Get some rest.  

And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.”

We’ve got to prepare a meal!!  Make some cakes.  Get a calf, cook it up.  Get some milk, these fellas are hungry.  I’ll feed you, you sit and eat.  I’ll be right here if you need me.  Three men.  Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Accepting the hospitality of a humble desert nomad.  Enjoying the good, simple things this world has to offer.  The world He had created and declared good.  No on the spot miracles.  No water to wine.  No healings.  No multiplying of  food to be sure all could eat.   Because there was plenty of food available.  No need for a miracle.  But here’s the thing – it’s all a miracle.  They didn’t need a miracle, because the miracles already been done.  Creation, the existence of everything.   The calf.  The cakes.  The milk.  The water to wash their feet.  The oaks at Mamre in the middle of the desert.  The sun to make it hot.  What in this scene is not a miracle?   The calf just happens to be there, along with an uncountable number after.  The  cows producing the milk, all the different things that come from the milk.  The grain to make the cakes.  All miracles, every day of our lives.  

We live this scene out, every day, and we just don’t see it.  I’m sitting on my couch, typing this on my iPad, sipping coffee, annoyed with my dog.  All ordinary.  Father, Son and Holy Ghost right here with me.  We have breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.  There’s never been a meal where these three visitors have not been present.   Every meal we share together.  Every time we are hanging with our friends.  Every quiet moment when we’re alone.  All miracles from God.

Think about our taking Holy Communion.  Bread and wine, on the table.  Doesn’t get more ordinary.  But that’s where Jesus specifically told us we could participate in his suffering on the cross.  Miraculous.   Baptism in the water.  75% of our planet is covered by it.  Ordinary.  But miraculous.  

We wonder why there are no more miracles.  We are missing the point.  The ordinary is the miracle.  God said that the world He made was good, right?   We see certain things, certain images, nature, the earth, the unborn child still in the womb, and we know and appreciate the beauty and awe of what He created.  But somehow we don’t see it all as miraculous.  
Think about this.  We hear so much about evolution, and the belief that everything on this planet created by God is evolving to something else.  Our closest genetic relative is the Chimpanzee.  The genetic difference between us and them is at least 1.6%.  Sounds very small.  But this difference played out equals about 48,000,000 nucleotides.  I don’t know what a nucleotide is, but it sounds awfully small.  If 48,000,000 of the equals 1.6% of our human genome, then we have a very large number of them in every cell of our bodies.  Like over 3,000,000,000.  Here’s the thing.  The worlds leading genetic researcher, Dr Harvey Maddox, tells us that “a change of only 3 nucleotides is fatal to an animal; there is NO possibility of change.”  3. Out of over 3,000,000,000.  Fatal.  Happy accident indeed.

It’s all miracles everyday.  Live life.  Love life.  Love God.


“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, “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.” And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭18:1-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/gen.18.1-8.esv

 

John Lewis

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