Genesis 18:2 reads “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,” Did you notice, that as soon as Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the three men standing by (one of who was the Lord and the two others angelic beings), he ran to meet them from his tent door and bowed himself toward the ground.
While this may at first seems like a natural reaction, close scrutiny reveals certain hidden treasures in this account. First, when we see someone outside your house or place of dwelling, how often do you and I run toward them and bow down to them? I believe, that though Abraham’s reactions may have been customary in the times he lived, it reveals certain behavior that each one of us should follow when we encounter the Lord. Abraham recognized who it was, just as a friend would recognize another friend (James 2:23), for the next verse reads that he addressed the men as “My LORD”. Additionally Abraham ran from his tent door. A tent is a place of temporary dwelling and while many of us hold on to our temporary residence on earth, Abraham does exactly the opposite and in haste runs towards the Lord. Furthermore, Abraham bowed down to the ground when he came to the Lord in an attitude of worship.
Points to ponder:
When we lift our eyes of our heart and look at the Lord, do we run toward him and fall down before him in worship of him? Think about it. Do we run to worship? If not, we ought to.
Genesis 18:2 (KJV)
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,