In Genesis 18 Abraham had a very interesting encounter with three very interesting men. Who were these “men?” Before we even contemplate that question we should look at why they came to Abraham and what they did.
As soon as Abraham noticed these three men he ran over to them, bowed himself, and invited them to stop and rest themselves, and to allow him to prepare a meal for them. They agreed and Abraham ran again to prepare them a meal. (I am not sure what the rush was. They weren’t doing anything but sitting around in the wilderness).
Milk and Meat – Kosher?
Abraham and Sarah prepared these three “men” an interesting meal of milk, butter, and meat from a calf. While they were eating this meal, which according to modern kashrut laws would be un-kosher, Abraham stood by them.
Sarah Will Have a Child
After they ate this meal one of them told Abraham that he would have a son through Sarah, who was beyond child bearing age. He also said he would revisit them the next year and Sarah would have her child by then. When Sarah heard this the Bible says: “she laughed within herself.” Even though she laughed within herself this “visitor” knew it and called her out regarding it. Obviously this “person” speaking was unique.
Down to Sodom
From Abraham’s tent the three men and Abraham walked to a view of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible then clearly identifies who those three “men” were. Two of them were identified one way, as they went on to their destination, and the third one was clearly identified as “he” stayed and continued to speak with Abraham.
Who Were They?
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