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2017 January 30
Image 1: Abraham and the Three Angels (1656)
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674)
Dutch Golden Age Baroque Style
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art
Image 2: Abraham and Three Angels (c. 1695)
Sebastiano Ricci (1659-1734)
Musee d'art et d'industrie de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France
Image Credit: Wikimedia
Image 3: Abraham Praying Before the Three Angels (c. 1730)
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice, Italy
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art
[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no days will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]
Explanation: In Genesis 18, as the chapter opens, Abraham is sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day when three men appear to him; he persuades them to dine with him (1-8).
After the meal they told him that Sarah would have a son, confirming previous prophecies; but, when Sarah overheard, she laughed inwardly which prompted the LORD to reprove her and to say that nothing was to hard for him (9-15).
When they took leave of Sarah and Abraham, Abraham went with them for a while on their way to Sodom; The LORD then revealed that he was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for their great sin (16-21).
But after Abraham bargained with him, he agreed to spare the cities if he could find ten righteous people in Sodom (22-33).
[ Sermons: Eric Alexander. Sinclair B Ferguson. William Still. Various. ]
[ Illustration: Today's paintings record the three incidents described in today's chapter: Abraham being hospitable to the LORD; the promise to Sarah and Abraham that they would have a son; and Abraham's intercession for Sodom. ]
[ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Genesis 18:  Genesis 18:22; Genesis 19:1; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Peter 4:9.  Genesis 24:32; Genesis 43:24; Luke 7:38; John 13:5.  Genesis 19:3.  Genesis 24:67; Titus 2:5.  Genesis 21:2; Luke 1:13.  Romans 4:19; Hebrews 11:11.  Genesis 17:17; Genesis 21:6.  Job 42:2; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37; Romans 4:21; Hebrews 11:19; Romans 9:7.  Genesis 12:2; Genesis 17:6; Genesis 46:3; Deuteronomy 26:5; 1 Kings 3:8; Genesis 12:3; Genesis 22:18.  Genesis 17:27.  Genesis 13:13; Ezekiel 16:49; 2 Peter 2:6.  Genesis 11:5; Psalm 53:2.  Genesis 18:2; Genesis 19:1; Genesis 19:27.  Numbers 16:22; 2 Samuel 24:17; Psalm 11:5.  Job 8:3; Job 8:20; Psalm 58:11; Psalm 94:2; Romans 3:6.  Jeremiah 5:1; Ezekiel 22:30.  1 Thessalonians 5:17.
 Judges 6:39. -- From the KJV Reference Bible ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
HARMONY OF THE LAW
HEBREW AND GREEK INTERLINEAR BIBLES
Pentateuch Detailed Outline:
Genesis Detailed Outline:
7. Generations of Terah (Ge 11:27 - Ge 25:11) - 2296 - 1991 B.C. Canaan
("Now these are the generations of Terah" - Ge 11:27) - (An expansion of section 6)
Note: This generation centers on Terah rather than Abraham because all of Terah's descendants are important to Israel. The dates are from Terah's birth to Abraham's death.
1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf [son of the herd] tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf [son of the herd] which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, behold, in the tent.
10 And he said, I will certainly return [to return I shall return] unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become [becoming he shall become] a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
27 And Abraham answered and said, behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.
30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
31 And he said, behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
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