We can learn many lessons from the story with the angels, the Ohr HaChaim shows us one of the most important ones!
As we all know the story, the 3 angels came to Avraham’s tent in the heat of the day and Avraham responded and said, my master, please don’t pass, come inside to my tent.
My master? He’s talking to 3 angels. They’re probably looking at themselves: Who are you talking to, me? You’re talking to him? Him? Who do you mean?
He should have addressed them as plural: my masters come inside. Why did Avraham address them in a singular form, my master?
The Ohr HaChaim gives an explanation that really shows us the amount of attention Avraham Avinu gave to chessed. Avraham Avinu looked at the 3 angels and he realized, out of the 3 angels, he understood what their jobs were that they were coming for.
One of them was here to inform Sarah she was going to have a baby. The second was here to help him get healed. But the third one was actually just on a detour. He was here with his angel buddies because he was headed to Sedom, and that was Gavriel who was going to destroy Sedom, but right now he was a little bit hesitant to come in. And Avraham noticed that, and he looked at him and he said, Gavriel, you, my master, please don’t be hesitant, come on in, have a drink, have something to eat, you’re welcome in here as well.
Avraham Avinu who was the pillar of chessed was teaching us all a great lesson. Of course, when someone reaches out to us or asks us for help, we’re supposed to reciprocate and help them out and do chessed for them. But not only that, we also need to look out for those people that may be hesitant or uncomfortable, or don’t want to reach out to get the help that they need. We need to look out for those people as well, because if it was important enough for Avraham Avinu to treat angels this way, it’s definitely important for us to treat other people this way as well.
I wish you all a great Shabbos.
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