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The Visitation of Abraham

27.11.2019, Daniel Glimm


Based on the visitation of Abraham by YAHWEH, mentioned in Genesis 18:1-8, I would like to comment on a spiritual principle, which is connected with the supernatural and natural realm.
 
Genesis 18:1-8:
1 The Lord (note: YAHWEH) appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.
2 Abraham 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.
3 He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.
4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.
5 Let 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.”
6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”
7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.
8 He 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.
 
The Search of Faith for the Supernatural Realm

The Word of God reveals to us that we should seek the supernatural realm where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God (see Colossians 3:1-3).

Colossians 3:1-3:
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Since Abraham is our forefather of faith and lived at a time when the Torah did not yet exist in written form, it can be seen that Abraham found God (note: YAHWEH => the God of Israel) by faith because he sincerely sought Him (see Matthew 7:7 i.c.w. Hebrews 11:1-3.6.8).

Matthew 7:7:
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Hebrews 11:1-3.6.8:
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. …
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. …
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
 
Faith is, among other things, the power that enables us to see into the supernatural realm in order to recognize what God's plan is on earth. This is made clear by the appearance of God to Abraham in Genesis 18:1 ff.

It says there that YAHWEH appeared to Abraham while he was sitting in the grove of Mamre in the door of his tent in the heat of the day.

The Whereabouts of Abraham

Abraham's stay shows an important principle that must be recognized spiritually correctly. Since God is Spirit (see John 4:24a), the Lord first appeared to Abraham in the Spirit.

John 4:24a:
24a God is spirit, …
 
Here the Lord chose the structure of the Heavenly Father by revealing Abraham as YAHWEH.
In connection with this appearance the location, the position of Abraham as well as the hot day temperature played an important role.

These attributes, should point out to us today, the importance of the fellowship of saints (note: grove/small forest of Mamre => ‘fatness, strength, manhood’), who are righteous and act in authority and in the anointing of Christ (see Psalm 92:12; Jeremiah 17:7-8).

Psalm 92:12:
12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; …

Jeremiah 17:7-8:
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
 
Abraham's positioning in the entrance of the tent is an indication of the expectations of a believer who moves before God in transparency and honesty in order to encounter Him.
 
This is made clear by the Hebrew root word for ‘tent’ (note: ‘`āhal’), which means ‘to be clear or to shine brightly’. (note: word explanation of the Hebrew word ‘`āhal’ from the Elberfelder Study Bible with the word key number 169*)
 
The high daytime temperature is an indication of the atmosphere of holiness that accompanies God's revelation (see Hebrews 12:14).
 
Hebrews 12:14:
14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
 
At first God filled Abraham's spiritual realm with His presence (see Genesis 18:1) because Abraham moved before God in transparency and honesty (note: ‘`āhal’).
 
Genesis 18:1:
1 The Lord (note: YAHWEH) appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.
 
Furthermore, the Lord also took the dwelling of Abraham with his followers in the presence of holiness (note: when the day was hottest) as an opportunity to meet him.
This led Abraham to become spiritually active by lifting up his eyes and seeing three men standing before his spiritual eyes (see Genesis 18:2a).
 
Genesis 18:2a:
2a Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. …
 
Abraham’s Change of View
 
After seeing this appearance in the supernatural realm, his view changed to the natural realm, so that he recognized three men at some distance to whom he hurried (see Genesis 18:2b).
 
Genesis 18:2b:
… 2b When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
 
This reveals that visitations or manifestations of God in the earthly realm first have their seat in the heavenly realm.
 
Visitations of God can thus take place with a time delay in our temporary time, although they have already taken place in the spiritual realm, on the basis of the biblical passages from Daniel 9:22b-23 and Daniel 10:12-14.
 
Daniel 9:22b-23:
… 22b “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision: …
 
Daniel 10:12-14:
12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”
 
The application of the manifestation of God in the earthly realm unfolds when we lift up our eyes of the heart enlightened by wisdom and revelation in faith and accept what is shown to us by the Heavenly Father (see Ephesians 1:17-18).
 
Ephesians 1:17-18:
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, …
 
Here we should realize that God also uses people in the earthly realm to respond to our previously seen revelation in the Spirit (see Acts 12:14-16 and Hebrews 13:2).
 
Acts 12:14-16:
14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”
15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”
16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
 
Hebrews 13:2:
2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
 
Life in Revelation and Honesty
 
In connection with the appearance of God in the life of Abraham, it is important that we respond promptly and prepared to the sudden appearance of God and ask the Lord to come into our spiritually prepared environment of revelation and honesty in order to find increase of His favor and grace.
 
While the LORD reveals Himself from the uniqueness as God of Israel (note: ‘YAHWEH’), the presence of the revelation of His being (note: three men => Father, Son, Holy Spirit) increases in our lives, so that processes in our lives accelerate and things, that seemed impossible become possible (see Genesis 18:14 i.c.w. Luke 18:27).
 
Genesis 18:14:
14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
 
Luke 18:27:
27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
 
Here hospitality and giving are important aspects, consisting of two types of investment (note: grain and living sacrifice; see Genesis 18:6-7).
 
Genesis 18:6-7:
6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.” 7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.
 
The Spirit-filled Giving and the Phase of Acceleration
 
The quick preparation of Sarah's (note: means ‘princess’) bread as well as the quick preparation of the tender and good calf by the servant according to the instruction of Abraham are an indication of the investment of saints who serve their king from the structure of the bride as queen as well as saints who serve people from the structure of a servant.
 
The Hebrew word for ‘hurry’ or ‘to be fast’ is ‘māhar’ and is also translated as ‘properly to be liquid or flow easily’. (note: word explanation of the Hebrew word ‘māhar’ from the Elberfelder Study Bible with the word key number 4195 and the Strong's Concordance with the word key number H4116)
 
Abraham’s instruction calls to act spiritually and not to discern the situation rationally.
 
If we act in the Spirit according to the biblical principles, the consequence is that among all the ‘trees of righteousness’ we find the ‘tree of righteousness’ which is Jesus Christ.
 
His presence makes us understand more clearly by His ‘simplicity’ (note: Jesus' unconditional sacrifice through His death on the Cross) what it means to eat the food of the Spirit, just as God does (see Genesis 18:8 i.c.w. Genesis 24:9-11; Matthew 4:4).
 
Genesis 18:8:
8 He 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.
 
Exodus 24:9-11:
9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli (note: sapphire), as bright blue as the sky.
11 But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.
 
Matthew 4:4:
4 Jesus answered, “It is written (see Deuteronomy 8,3): ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
 
In summary, to seek the supernatural realm means to maintain an attitude that enables us to encounter God, that qualifies us to position ourselves correctly with the resources entrusted to us, so that we experience the counsel of the threefold and living God.
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm




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