“God send men to us, help us to sense God in all that You bring to us”
We need to learn how to perceive men correctly so that when visitations come to us, we will not despise an angel because he didn’t wear a wing. For me personally, I know that God does not just bring men my way or bring men to me, it is always for a purpose and often it announces within me a new season to be entered into. One thing I learn from God’s word is to appreciate men that God brings my way because I know that they are all for a purpose and more often men that have despised show a very high distinction in themselves unawares to me than the way they appear, hence I see a need for us to learn how to perceive men correctly. God will keep coming to us but every time He comes to us we must be sensitive enough to perceive that this is the Lord.
Abraham had a visitation one day in his house but very correctly he saw them from afar off and then he ran to meet them from his tent and remember that this man also is old here at that time.
Genesis 18:1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
18:2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, THREE MEN STOOD BY HIM: and WHEN HE SAW THEM, HE RAN TO MEET THEM FROM THE TENT DOOR, and bowed himself toward the ground,
Now this men have not uttered a word, but we noticed that Abraham bowed himself toward the ground to them. We must ask why did he run to meet them and then he bowed himself down to them? We will see that Abraham perceived this men correctly because he understood these are not just men but this is the Lord because we understand that by the next thing he said “MY LORD”
Genesis 18:3 And said, My LORD, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
Actually they were going to confirm what they heard of Sodom and Gomorrah and you know that by two or three witnesses a word is made established, so I feel that’s why they were three men
Genesis 18:20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
18:21 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.
So Abraham response to this men who were actually the Lord by giving them good meals, Abraham and his wife were at their service that day and of course they left Abraham and his wife with a word that changed their story.
Genesis 18:9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
18:10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, SARAH THY WIFE SHALL HAVE A SON. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
Abraham perceived this men correctly that this is the Lord.
Another thing Abraham did was when he perceived God in the life of Melchisedec and then he gave him tithe of all
Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
I see something here that it was because Melchisedec gave bread and wine(Holy Communion) to Abraham that his eyes was opened to understand that this Melchisedec is not an ordinary man. To understand this lets see what scripture says about Melchisedec
Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; BUT MADE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF GOD; abideth a priest continually.
So we see that Melchisedec was made like unto the Son of God and Abraham perceived that and gave tithe of all to him, now I understand that the breaking of bread and wine called the Holy Communion is a great way to open our eyes to see, we will see that more clearly as we continue. Abraham perceived that Melchisedec is not an ordinary man but was like unto God then he gave his tithe to him and at that time nobody ever practiced tithing, he was the first man to tithe and he did that because his eyes was opened to perceive a man that was made like unto Son of God. This tells that we need our eyes to be opened in other to perceive men correctly as the Lord also will come to us by them.
Lastly, we must learn to perceive men correctly because we may never know when Jesus Himself will come visiting and then we begin to show our knowledge of the scriptures and we may not be able to identify or perceive Him at all because he may not give signals to our body unless we perceive Him with an understanding. We saw Jesus walking with two guys on the road to Emmaus but they could not perceive Him correctly but was sharing revelation with Him and saying that is He a stranger
Luke 24:15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
Their eyes were holden in the sense that they could not see or perceive Him and then they begin to share with Him but Jesus said they were slow to heart and we also saw He shared with them from Moses to the prophets. He taught them the word yet they didn’t perceive Him, He stayed with them till next morning but they could not yet perceive Him. What does this means? A man can be sent from God to us and we may not know unless our eyes are opened. We saw it was after he broke bread with them that was when their eyes were opened to see that it was Jesus
Luke 24:30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, HE TOOK BREAD, and blessed it, and brake, and GAVE TO THEM .
24:31 AND THEIR EYES WERE OPENED, AND THEY KNEW HIM; and he vanished out of their sight.
And this is what happened also to Abraham when Melchisedec break the bread and wine with Abraham, his response immediately was to give the tithes of all to him. Let’s understand that God does not just bring men to us, it always for a purpose. Let us therefore receive grace to perceive men correctly and not despised them, for such we might have the visitation of angels and of Christ and then despise it. We must be open enough to receive the people the Lord is sending to us each season and then respond correctly. Our response too must be by faith and not by sight. Be blessed!