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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hospitality (02/07/05)

TITLE: The Guest
By carl lynn


The old man sat at the opening of the huge tent, the shade provided by the great trees of Mamre, here in the land of Hebron, help protect Him from the full force of the hot Sun, that stood high in the sky. The elderly gentleman was more than aware of the tricks that the combination of heat rising from the Earth and the intense glare from the bright Sunlight could play on His all too old and fading eyesight. As He continued to stare out into the vast wilderness that surrounded His tent and the herds of livestock and His servants who kept watch over them, He thought that He saw a group of men approaching. At first He was not sure if the figures traveling in His direction were real or just waves of heat rising up from the ground.

Abraham knew in His heart that one of these three was more than just a man, one of them was The Angel of the Lord. The three continued as though they would pass by the tent, but Abraham had no intentions of allowing that to happen, as fast as He could the elderly patriarch ran and then fell at the feet of the leader of the three. “My Lord, if now I have found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:” “ Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:” “ 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.” The leader looked down at the old gentleman bowed before Him, and replied “ So do, as thou hast said.” While the three visitors walked towards the huge tree by the door of the tent, Abraham arose and ran to the tent. He instructed His wife Sarah to prepare some bread and bake it on the fire.

While Sarah was baking, Abraham went out to the heard and picked a young calf, then He gave it to one of His servants to prepare. He also took butter and milk, and when all was ready He had it set before His honored guests, and as He stood by them under the tree they ate. The Angel of the Lord inquired of Abraham “ Where is Sarah Thy Wife?” Abraham answered “ Behold in the tent.” The Lord said “ I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.” Sarah was standing just inside the door of the tent and when she heard what the visitor said she could not help but laugh at the thought of having a child at their age, that would take a miracle. And The Lord said unto Abraham, “ Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?” Then the Lord continued, “ 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.” While the Lord was speaking Sarah came out of the tent, saying, “ I laughed not.” because she was afraid. The Lord looked at Sarah and spoke “ Nay; but thou didst laugh.”

The men arose and started towards the plain where the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were located. Abraham walked with them to see them on their way. And the Lord said “ Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not I will know. And the other two men went towards Sodom. And Abraham drew near and said “ Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” Both Abraham and the Lord knew what was on Abraham heart, His nephew Lot. Abraham pleaded with His Divine Guest, asking if He found only so many righteous among the wicked if He would spare the city. Each time lowering the number until He was satisfied that surly there must be at least ten in a city so large. Then the Lord went His way, already knowing that He would not find even ten, but also knowing that He would spare Lot. Abraham returned unto His place under the tree, in front of the tent door, where He would set and pray for Lot and all the other souls in Sodom and Gomorrah, waiting for the next visit of His heavenly guest and the son He had promised.

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L.M. Lee02/14/05
what a neat experience that was to "entertain" the Lord.
Sally Hanan02/16/05
Well written in the story-telling aspect, needs a lot more periods (full-stops) and spelling checks. I wonder does God send His angels to all those sinful places to check out things before He sends His punishment.