The Three Visitors
1The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre
while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the
2Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
3He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not
pass your servant by.
4Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your
feet and rest under this tree.
5Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and
then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”
“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”
6So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some
7Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and
gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.
8He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had
been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.
9“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.
“There, in the tent,” he said.
10Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was
11Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.
12So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am
worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and
say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’
14Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the
appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
When we read about the promises of God, we should not doubt his words, for
they will surely come to pass.