Have you ever tried to wrap your arms around a tree and couldn’t touch the other side? As hard as you attempted to reach, you didn’t make it. That’s how I felt when I grasped at what this must have been like.
South of Jerusalem, heat consumed the plains of Mamre. It was a “high noon” like no other as three figures appeared on the crest of a hill.
Ninety-nine-year-old Abraham sat under the door flap of the tent, resting in the shade from the oppressive sun. At the sight of the three, he ran, bowed, “And said, My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant, I beg of you. Let a little water be brought, and you may wash your feet and recline and rest yourselves under the tree.” (Gen. 18:3-5) He also invited them to eat.
Nonetheless, there it was. The feet of God and His angels.
It shouldn’t be hard to comprehend. Didn’t Mary Magdalene wash Jesus’ feet with tears in appreciation of forgiveness, and Jesus Himself washed the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper as a symbol of their cleanliness.
However, in this case, God wasn’t offered to have his feet bathed because of a grateful heart or to receive spiritual cleansing. He was visiting.
At first, I thought Abraham washed their feet. However, the Bible says, “Let a little water be brought.” Did he miss an incredible opportunity? Would you (or I) washed these angels’ feet?
One wonders, when did Abraham understand who these “men” were? Was it after Almighty God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, told him he and Sarah would have a son within a year? Surely, by the time God pronounced judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah, which claims say ruins have been found.
Paul wrote to the Hebrews in Chapter 13, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” If we follow this directive, we could encounter an outstanding event in our lives.