Text: Genesis 18-20; Psalm 7
It is quite a discussion that Abraham has with the Lord regarding the pending destruction of Sodom (Genesis 18:16-33). The Lord tells Abraham that He is assessing the awful sin situation there. Abraham’s nephew Lot and his family reside in Sodom, so Abraham has a vested interest in the Lord’s plan. Abraham acts:
Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? (Genesis 18:23)
Abraham offers a hypothetical scenario where there are fifty righteous people in Sodom, asking the Lord of He would spare the city. The Lord says that He would indeed spare the city for the sake of the fifty. The conversation continues; “How about forty-five?” “Yes.” “Forty?” “Yes” “Twenty?” “Yes.” “Ten?” “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” At that point, the Lord ends the conversation.
Okay, I get it. The Lord will spare me, even if I am living amongst a bunch of sinners who deserve His fiery wrath. This is a comforting thought. But, here’s another way to look at it. Right now, you and I do indeed live in the midst of some pretty awful sin. Do you suppose it is because of our righteousness alone that God is withholding His fire and brimstone? Is it possible that my next thoughtless sin is the one that would tip the scales and bring down burning sulfur from the sky on all the people? Is it possible that we might bear that sort of responsibility? Makes you think differently about sin, doesn’t it?
in Him, Mike