“And the Lord said: shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?” Gen 18:17.
The Lord appeared to Abraham to strengthen his faith. The Lord said: “Sarah, thy wife, shall have a son”. Sarah laughed within herself saying: “After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my Lord being old also?” The Lord asked: “Why did Sarah laugh?” God knew beforehand that doubt would come into their minds, so He came lovingly to take away their doubts. In Genesis 18:16 Abraham walked with the men. Then the two men went on to Sodom and the Lord stayed behind to talk with Abraham personally.
He said: “Abraham is my friend. I know him and I cannot hide any secret from him. I have watched him and I know how he looks after his family. Now I am going to tell him My heart’s secret. My time has come to judge the men of Sodom and Gomorrah”. Abraham stood before the Lord while the angels went on to Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Lord Jehovah talked to Abraham alone. As the friend of Abraham, He talked freely with him. He did not send His angels to speak to Abraham but came in person to do so. Here God is saying, “I will talk to Abraham myself. I have an important matter to talk with him.”
___By Vevik Anand