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Jun 21st, 2017 by Robin Murray

Reflection: June 18

Scripture: Genesis 18:1–15 (21:1–7)

When you heard the reading from Genesis, were you able to picture the story? Were you able to picture yourself in it? Now picture this – what would have happened if Abraham had not invited the three men in? What would have happened if Abraham had simply bid them “good day” and went about his daily business, instead of rushing to show them honour and lavish hospitality? Would the miracle of Isaac’s birth have happened? Or would the men have shaken the dust from their feet and walked on to someone else, leaving Abraham and Sarah to simply disappear into history? The extraordinary story of a child being born to a couple so old reminds us that nothing is impossible for the One who created the universe, but it also reminds us that we have our part to play in God’s story – we need to invite God in.

Of course, Abraham had already received God’s promise that he would be that father of as many descendants as stars in the sky, some twenty-five years earlier. But by now, his wife, Sarah, was well past menopause and they had long since given up on the idea that she would be the actual birth mother of any of these descendants. They had resigned themselves to her motherhood being more figurative as the matriarch of their household, and had assigned Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar, the task of bearing Abraham a child. (Leslie will tell us more about Hagar and her son Ishmael next week.) It is no wonder that Sarah laughed when she heard one of the men insist that she would, indeed, bear a son within the year. This was a ridiculous idea – wonderful – but ridiculous. She didn’t »»

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