Lift up your eyes and look


Genesis 18 begins with the verses – “And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him:

While the identity of two of the three men is not explicitly stated in this account, from Genesis 19:1 we can learn that these two were as angels (messengers of God with a mission) and the other first person was the Lord himself.

Close scrutiny of this encounter (experience) reveals a couple of hidden treasures in these two verses. First, the Lord appeared to Abraham (Theophany to Abraham), who sat at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Second, Abraham had to lift up his eyes and look to see three men standing by.

Points to Ponder:
The Lord appears to his people, to you and me, as we search the Bible daily (Acts 17:11) to see glimpses of his infallible, loving and just nature, in the person of Jesus Christ. Many of us are beaten down by the heat of the day i.e., the harsh elements of life itself and our most likely posture is that our faces are down as our spirit is downcast. What we need to do is to lift up our eyes (of understanding – Ephesians 1:18) and look up at the Lord, from whom our help comes from (Psalms 121:1-2)
Are you lifting up your eyes and looking at the Lord? Lift up your eyes and look. Tarry no further!

Genesis 18:1-2a (KJV)
And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him:

Seeing the word of the Lord


Genesis 15:1 reads “After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Note, the phrase “the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision”

Deeper study of this phrase reveals certain hidden treasures that are not quite so evident.

First, this implies that the voice of the Lord was not just audible but visible as well. Abram heard and saw the word of the Lord (in a vision). How is this possible? How can one see what is to be heard? How can one see the invisible? The answer to all these questions is “By faith”. Abram saw the word of the Lord with not his physical eyes, but with his spiritual eyes of faith. For it is by faith, that we can him (God) who is invisible, as we learn from the writings to the Hebrews, that Moses saw him who is invisible, by faith (Hebrews 11:27).

Second, cursorial evaluation of this phrase would suggest that the word of the Lord that came to Abram was a promise of his protection (shield) and provisions (reward) and a prophecy that unfolds as Abram dialogs with God (Genesis 15:1-21). However, by looking at a few other references in the Bible, we can deduce that “the word of the Lord” is more than articulated promise and prophecy, but a personification of the second Person of the Trinity – the pre-incarnate appearance of Christ Jesus (Theophany), in visible form, for the very first time, after the flood. If you continue reading a few more verses, in verse 5, we see that the personal pronoun, ‘he’ is used to describe the word of the Lord, as one who took Abram outside, which establishes further that the word of the Lord was a Person and not just speech. Also, later in chapter 18, we would see this again, as Abram intercedes with the Lord (Christ Jesus), for the salvation of the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:22). Jesus himself refers to the encounters that Abraham had of him, in visible nature, when he tells the unbelieving Jews that Abraham ‘saw‘ his day and rejoiced (John 8:56-58). Furthermore, the book of Revelation uses the title “The Word of God” when referring to Jesus (Revelation 19:13). So while on one hand, the word of the Lord refers to articulated promises and prophecies, on the other, it does not preclude, the personification of God himself.

Points to Ponder:
The Word of God has come to all mankind, in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1), just as he came to Abram, and it is only by eyes of faith, that we can see him who is invisible. The Bible counsels us to “taste” and “see” that the Lord is good, meaning that we need to experience him who is invisible by faith, for he is good. Have you seen the word of the Lord? In other words, have you believed (by faith), in Jesus Christ, the promise keeper, who protects, provides and preserves us unto Salvation?

Genesis 15:1 (KJV)
After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.