As I have mentioned many times, I love the word “rest.” It is almost onomatopoetic to me. Just hearing it sounds restful to my ears.
This Bible passage in Genesis 18 is a familiar story, as Abraham entertains spiritual visitors. This time I am focusing on the part of the passage where Abraham invites the guests to rest under the tree. As we come to realize, Abraham was actually entertaining God. Abraham “hung out” in the shade of the tree while the visitors ate the food he had prepared for them.
I love the idea of resting in God’s presence. I need to hang out there more often.
Genesis 18 (KJV)
18 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 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 which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
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