Some have argued with me that the “God” of the Old Testament is a wrathful tyrant compared to the gracious and loving "God" of the New Testament. Nothing could be further from the truth and we get to witness the grace of the One, True God in this conversation between the Lord and Abraham.
After receiving Abraham's worship and sealing the covenant promise with a meal, the Lord again repeats that Sarah is the intended matriarch of this promised people. He says this within earshot of Sarah, which prompts her to ridicule the promise. Thanks be to God this is not a works righteousness religion!
God continues to reveal Himself to Abraham, this time in the form of theophany. Three men appear before Abraham and the irresistible grace of God becomes clear when the Patriarch rightly worships the Lord. This brief episode provides for us an outline for our attitudes and actions when in the presence of the Lord.
About the series
The Book of Genesis is the starting point of God’s covenant with His people. This book gives us the historical sketch of the creation, fall, and redemption of the world. Genesis is also a perfect litmus test to gauge whether or not a person fully trusts in the authority, sufficiency, and inerrancy of Scripture.