One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance of his tent during the hottest part of the day. He noticed three men standing nearby. He ran to them and bowed to welcome them.
“My God,” he said, using the Lord’s name in vain. “Stop here if you want. Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me make you some food to fuel you for your journey.” (I have no idea what’s going on here.)
So Abraham ran to the tent and told Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures of your best flower, the good stuff, and bake some bread.” Then he had his servant quickly prepare a tender calf. When the calf was ready, Abraham took the meat, some yogurt and milk to the men. Abraham watched them eat from the shade of the trees.
The visitors asked where Sarah was. (Creepy.)
“Inside the tent,” he replied.
Then one of them said, “I’ll return this time next year and your wife will have a son.
Sarah was listening from the tent. She laughed and said to herself, How can an old hag like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my husband is just as old?
Then God said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return and she will have a son.” (God didn’t get bent out of shape when Abraham laughed at the same idea.)
Sarah was afraid so she denied it.
But God said, “No, you did laugh.”
God told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. I’m going to see if their actions are as wicked as I’ve heard.”
The three men headed toward Sodom, but God stayed behind. Abraham asked, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked? Suppose you find fifty righteous people — will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sake? Surely you wouldn’t. Should not the judge of all the earth do what is right?”
And God replied, “If I find 50 righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.”
Then Abraham spoke again. “Let me say something else, even though I’m just ash an dust. Suppose their are only 45 righteous people? Will you still destroy Sodom for lack of five?”
And God said, “I will not destroy it if I find 45 righteous people there.”
This went on until God agreed on the number 10.
God left and Abraham went back to his tent.