The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little 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 hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it.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. They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. (Genesis 18:1-10, NRSV)
How do we entertain those who visit?
Do we give them our best, curds and cakes and the finest calf? Or do we give them a quick drink and some crackers we have lying around?
Abraham didn’t know these were angels, messengers from God, he could have assumed so, but the text doesn’t say he knew. And they didn’t say who they were. So Abraham didn’t treat them to the best because they were important. He treated them to the best because that is what he does.
And that is what God wants us to do. The blessing of Abraham and Sarah is because they are held accountable for what God has asked them to do. They are faithful to the Lord.
Are we faithful to the Lord?