God’s visit to Abraham
Abraham practiced hospitality toward three visitors and at some point recognized that he was serving God and two of his angelic servants.
Abraham was a friend of God
God had chosen Abraham to be a source of blessing for all nations. Abraham obeyed God. Abraham was called a friend of God and he treated Abraham like a friend. Abraham went with the men as they left and God decided to tell him about his plans. (2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:22)
Jesus’ followers are his friends
The language is very similar to Jesus’ words to his disciples in the upper room the night before he died. Jesus told his disciples that they were his friends if they did what he commanded. They were no longer mere servants because he would tell them what he was going to do. (John 15:12–17)
Abraham tried to be a blessing to the people of Sodom
What did Abraham do when God’s told him about his plans for Sodom?
He prayed that the city would be spared for the sake of the righteous people in it. He did not pray that God would take the righteous people out and destroy those that were left in the city.
However, he was to be a blessing to all the nations of the world and here he grasped his role.
In the end, the city was destroyed and Lot and his daughters were rescued but Abraham prayed for the entire city.
Jesus has told us about his plans
Similar to God’s treatment of Abraham, Jesus told his disciples, and us with them, about his plans.