One Week!!! Woo hoo!!!
Okay, enough of that...back on track...Genesis 18-19
In this story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the one thing that strikes me as the most interesting is found where God tells Abraham that He is going to destroy Sodom. But Abraham asks Him, "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?" Then he bargains or pleads with God, asking God if He would be willing to spare the city for the sake of 50 righteous people...or 45...then 40...30...20...10. Ten righteous people. God agrees to spare the city for the sake of 10 righteous people. Unfortunately, those 10 people cannot be found, and the cities are destroyed.
But here's the great part...
If in yesterday's reading, Hagar praised the Lord as being "the God who sees me", then this reading causes me to praise the Lord as being "the God who hears me." Mind-boggling to me that the perfect God who created the universe and everything in it would create us in His image and so desire a relationship with us that he listens to us and is willing to alter his plans for the sake of the righteous.
Only one discussion question for today:
1. How is the account of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah relevant today?
--In today's society, post-modern thnking leads people to believe that there is not absolute truth, no real black-and-white, right-or-wrong, and everyone today does, as was said of Israel in the times between the Judges, "what is right in his own eyes." However, this story serves as a powerful reminder that our God, the Righteous One, determines what is right. Above all, He is holy, and sin will not be tolerated. His judgment will come and it will be both swift and complete. At the same time, He is a God of grace, showing mercy to those who believe Him.