The glory of God appeared to Abraham one afternoon as he sat expectantly at the entrance of his tent at Mamre Oaks. Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing near, so he ran to them and knelt at their feet.
“Master,” Abraham said, “if you please, allow your servant to bring water for your feet and bread for your hunger. Rest under the shade tree awhile before continuing your journey.”
The men nodded. “Very well.”
Abraham called to Sarah and said, “Hurry, make three cakes with the good flour.” Then he ran over to his stockyard, took a tender calf from the herd, and gave it to a servant for preparation.
He served his guests roasted calf and cakes with butter and milk, and he stood by, serving them as they ate under the shade tree.
As they ate, the men asked, “Where’s Sarah?”
Abraham answered, “She’s in the tent.” He realized these strangers knew him and his family.
One of the men said, “I’ll be back when the time is right, and she will have a son.”
Hearing her name, Sarah put her ear closer to the entrance of the tent, and she laughed under her breath. She thought, Imagine an old woman and her lord having a child at our age.
The Master said to Abraham, “Why’d your wife laugh? Is anything too difficult for the Master?”
Abraham’s face grew solemn. He had heard this promise before and realized his guests perceived Sarah’s doubting. At that moment, he knew he was in the presence of heavenly beings on a mission to confirm the way of the promise.
“When the time is right, I’ll return. Your wife will have a child.”
Sarah came out of the tent and blurted, “I didn’t laugh.” She was noticeably shaking with fear.
The Master closed the case, saying, “Yes, you did.”
Inspiration: Genesis 18