God told Abraham and Sarah that they would have a son, starting Abraham on the way to fathering a great nation—and a Savior.

BibleGateway: Genesis 18:1-15

ESV Text: Genesis 18:1-15

Genesis 18:1–15 (Listen)

18:1 And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks1 of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord,2 if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs3 of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard4 for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied it,5 saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

Footnotes

[1] 18:1 Or terebinths

[2] 18:3 Or My lord

[3] 18:6 A seah was about 7 quarts or 7.3 liters

[4] 18:14 Or wonderful

[5] 18:15 Or acted falsely

(ESV)


KJV Text:

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     1 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 fetched 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.

     9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. 15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 64 :
Jesus, Thy Church with Longing Eyes

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Jesus, Thy Church with longing eyes 
For Thine expected coming waits. 
When will the promised light arise 
And glory beam from Zion’s gates? 

2. E’en now, when tempests round us fall 
And wintry clouds o’ercast the sky, 
Thy words with pleasure we recall 
And deem that our redemption’s nigh. 

3. Come, gracious Lord, our hearts renew, 
Our foes repel, our wrongs redress, 
Man’s rooted enmity subdue, 
And crown Thy Gospel with success. 

4. Oh, come and reign o’er every land; 
Let Satan from his throne be hurled, 
All nations bow to Thy command, 
And grace revive a dying world. 

5. Teach us in watchfulness and prayer 
To wait for the appointed hour 
And fit us by Thy grace to share 
The triumphs of Thy conquering power. 


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The wicked may do temporary harm to the righteous, but the Lord always rises up to keep His people safe.

BibleGateway: Psalm 12

ESV Text: Psalm 12

Psalm 12 (Listen)

The Faithful Have Vanished

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith.1 A Psalm of David.


12:1   Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone;
    for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
  Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
    with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.


  May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
    the tongue that makes great boasts,
  those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
    our lips are with us; who is master over us?”


  “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
    I will now arise,” says the LORD;
    “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
  The words of the LORD are pure words,
    like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
    purified seven times.


  You, O LORD, will keep them;
    you will guard us2 from this generation forever.
  On every side the wicked prowl,
    as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

Footnotes

[1] 12:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

[2] 12:7 Or guard him

(ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 12:

     1 To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. 2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. 3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: 4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? 5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. 6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. 8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 428 (LSB 729):
I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, 
Trusting only Thee; 
Trusting Thee for full salvation, 
Great and free. 

2. I am trusting Thee for pardon; 
At Thy feet I bow, 
For Thy grace and tender mercy 
Trusting now. 

3. I am trusting Thee for cleansing 
In the crimson flood; 
Trusting Thee to make me holy 
By Thy blood. 

4. I am trusting Thee to guide me; 
Thou alone shalt lead, 
Ev’ry day and hour supplying 
All my need. 

5. I am trusting Thee for power; 
Thine can never fail. 
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me 
Must prevail. 

6. I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus; 
Never let me fall. 
I am trusting Thee forever 
And for all.